It’s time to take a look at the week ahead across the western pacific today. As far as early February is concerned there is really nothing too far out of the usual. A winter storm is hitting northern Japan, cool temperatures and light rain dominate south east China and the north east monsoon is the overall weather control factor in the south. Finally a little TD who really cant get his act together is lingering in the tropics.
The snow storm over Japan is a result of a low moving east of Hokkaido kicking off a classic winter weather setup over the country. That along typically brings snow but what we are also seeing in parts of Hokoriku and the Sea of Japan coast of Tohoku is high winds. In Yamagata winds over 100kph were reported Monday morning.
One thing the low did do is a head of it kick up temperatures along the Pacific coast of Japan. But that will not last long as a steady temperature decrease is forecasted through mid week.
The cold air will continue to spill in from North East China and Siberia where typical February temperatures continue to dominate. The high in Harbin for example is -9C with a low around -20C.
Further south in South Eastern China and the Southern Japanese islands cloudy conditions along the leading edge of the latest cold surge will prevail. Outside of Tuesday this week cloudy conditions with passing showers will dominate Naha.
In Hong Kong Temperatures will linger in the teens to low 20s with foggy conditions especially in the morning due to the same weather setup.
The north east monsoon prevails, there is gale force winds in Northern Luzon a combination on the monsoon and a semi-interaction with a TD east of the Philippines.
Meanwhile in Vietnam and Thailand things are staying relatively dry as well.
The Tropical Depression lingering east of the Philippines (known as Bising via PAGASA) continues to be sheared apart by the north east monsoon. Overall this is going to continue to linger but will not at least as of now have a significant impact on the Philippines. Maybe later this week some of the moisture will from it could drift over Mindanoa but overall this will stay a weak TD and is not something to terribly worry about.