Saola says sayonara, calm for now

Good morning from the Western Pacific Weather team.

After an active weekend of heavy rainfall and windy weather, Saola has been downgraded to a low pressure system, and it is on its way to the north. Northern areas of Japan may still deal with some windy conditions along with some rain, clouds, and some snow in the higher elevations of Hokkaido. There is also some sea-effect rain and possibly snow taking place along the Sea of Japan side of the country as a powerful northwesterly flow moves into the coastline. The low will move toward the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia over the next 24 hours, and that will produce some windy and possibly wet and snowy conditions over the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, most of the Western Pacific is looking relatively calm when it comes to tropical weather, but an area of clouds is an area of interest south of the Indochina Peninsula. The Japan Meteorological Agency is expecting this development to become a tropical depression within the next 36 hours. We’ll keep you posted on this system as we go through the next couple of days.

Some showers are expected to move across the central and southern areas of the Philippines as a low east of the country draws in moisture over the region.

Jonathan Oh
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather

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About Jonathan Oh

Jonathan Oh is a meteorologist on Western Pacific Weather and appearing on NHK World. Jonathan has been working in the field for more than 10 years with a focus on broadcast, radar, and computer model forecasting. He is currently based in Tokyo, Japan.

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