Daily update- Monday, May 16, 2016

NWPAC outlook, 16 MAY

NWPAC outlook, 16 MAY

Spring makes its case felt in the northernmost reaches of the north region as more moisture impacts the weather in the central region. The south has finally cooled off a bit with the influx of moisture that has moved in from the tropics, which, by the way, are still very quiet at this time. 

NORTH

What a difference a few days make. Just last week, snow was falling across portions of Mongolia and extreme northwestern China. As we open the page on a new week, we find high temperatures in the mid 20’s (mid 70’s F) in Mongolia and northern locales in the north region, indicating that spring has finally arrived for everyone. A healthy storm system is moving through northeastern China and eastern Russia today, with a cold front sweeping through Korea. All off this activity has its sights set on Japan starting tonight and tomorrow. Behind the front, temperatures are relatively unchanged, but the air is a bit drier, helping provide some humidity relief.

City

High/Low

C

High/Low

F

Conditions

Ulaanbaatar

24

9 75 48

Mostly sunny

Vladivostok

16

6 61 43

Scattered showers possible

Beijing

30

12 86 54

Mostly sunny

Seoul

22

9 72 48

Decreasing clouds

Tokyo

22

19 72 66

Partly cloudy/PM increasing clouds

Xi’an

28

12 82 54

Mostly sunny

Shanghai

24

13 75 55

Mostly sunny

 

CENTRAL

Conditions are improving just a bit over the central region, where the past weekend saw another wave of energy slide in from the west in association with the East Asian monsoon. That system is moving out, but a trialing weak cold front, stretched from southern Japan, southwest to Hainan Island in the South China Sea, will be the focus of the lingering moisture and residual energy in this part of the system. Overall, it’s shaping up where inland locales can expect a warm and mostly sunny day, while coastal, and particularly offshore spots, could see a shower or two with an occasional thunderstorm in the mix.

City

High/Low

C

High/Low

F

Conditions

Kunming

22

12 72 54

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Hong Kong

29

23 84 73

Partly cloudy

Taipei

23

19 73 66

Periods of rain likely

Naha

28

22 82 72

Thunderstorms likely

Hanoi

26

20 79 68

Partly cloudy

 

SOUTH 

For the first time in the past 60 days, I am writing a report that does not include a temperature above 35C (95F) in the south region. Tropical moisture has moved into the region to stay and there are even hints that the seasonal monsoon shift is slowly starting to take place across the region, especially evident over Indochina where a southwesterly flow is being aided by a developing Indian Ocean cyclone to the west. The moisture is doing what it does, helping to moderate the intense heat and sunshine of the tropics into a more bearable climate situation. With the moisture in place, thunderstorms will be possible in just about any location across the south region, and especially in the afternoon over Indochina as the hot sun gives the tropical moisture a nice lift, and squeezes out the drops.

City

High/Low

C

High/Low

F

Conditions

Siem Reap

33

26 91 79

Thunderstorms likely

Ho Chi Minh

33

28 91 82

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Manila

35

26 95 79

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Davao City

32

26 90 79

Thunderstorms likely

Brunei

32

26 90 79

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Singapore

32

27 90 81

Thunderstorms likely

 

 TROPICS 

The tropics are still doing their usual off-season ‘thing’, warming up and showing signs that the moisture is out there, but just not spinning anything of consequence up just yet. The moisture is plentiful, and growing, across the region, so just about everyone will see a shower or thunderstorms today.

City

High/Low

C

High/Low

F

Conditions

Guam

32

26 90 79

Partly cloudy

Yap

32

26 90 79

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Palau

30

27 86 81

Thunderstorms likely

Chuuk

30

27 86 81

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Pohnpei

31

25 88 77

Thunderstorms likely

Majuro

30

27 86 81

Thunderstorms likely

Wake

26 24 79 75

Partly cloudy

Have a meaningful Monday!

Courtesy: CIMSS, Tropical Tidbits, Intellicast, WUnderground.com, MeteoEarth

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