It was a quiet few weeks, but…

Good afternoon from the Western Pacific Weather team.

It has been a quiet few weeks in the Western Pacific with maybe a low pressure area here or there, but we are seeing a tropical depression that has formed just east of Mindanao. The system is not moving anywhere fast, but it is in the vicinity, and it is interacting with the monsoonal pattern to help enhance the rainfall for the southern areas of the Philippines, particularly for those located on the western flank of the nation.

Over the next few days, the system is likely to start drifting to the north. It is possible that the slow pace of the system could lead to some persistent rainfall for the region, leading to flooding concerns. (UPDATE: Some are already reporting some flooding into Cebu from an enhanced flow into the area.) Whether the storm could actually land in the country is to be determined, but expect a wet few days, especially for the central and southern areas of the nation.

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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