Archive | October 16, 2017

Lan setting its sights for southwestern Japan

Good morning from the Western Pacific Weather team.

Khanun is no more, but Lan is still generating some buzz as it sits east of the Philippines. There was a lot of chatter about a possible low pressure area developing west of the Philippines, but at this point, it does not look like that will actually occur as Lan seems to be taking much of that energy away and moving toward the north.

Tropical Storm Lan is expected to intensify into a strong typhoon going within the next 24 hours, but folks in the Philippines are likely to not see the impacts of this system going forward in its current trajectory. Those in southwestern Japan, particularly in Okinawa, should keep an eye on this system as Lan will likely at least brush by the islands if not moving over them. The timing of this system to arrive will be close to the end of the week.

Otherwise, it looks like for the moment, there aren’t any other areas of concern in the Western Pacific in relation to tropical development. There is an area of interest in the Bay of Bengal that may lead to the development of a tropical low, but at this point, it has not fully generated into a system.

Jonathan Oh
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather

Khanun once again a tropical storm

Khanun is really struggling with its movement over southern China as the latest update from the Japan Meteorological Agency shows a downgrade for the system to a tropical storm.

In fact, the latest satellite imagery shows a significant loosening of its tropical characteristics and is having a hard time keeping itself together. This could mean better news for those in the northern areas of Vietnam as the region has been dealing with serious mudslides and flooding last week.

Nevertheless, breezy conditions and some occasional heavy rainfall will still be possible over the next couple of days before the system dissipates. Thankfully, it does look like the storm is significantly weaker than its original form just 24 hours ago.

Jonathan Oh
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather