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JAPAN DRIFT ICE MAKES IT TO THE PACIFIC COAST

The drift ice around Hokkaido has been rather intense this year. It showed up over a week earlier than average in the Wakkanai region and has continued to dominate the northern Coastline of Hokkaido ever since. Just last week eight fishing vessels became trapped in the ice according to the Asahi Shimbum. 

The strong ice flow combined with persistent northerly winds and cold air has allowed it to do something unusual, make it all the way to the pacific coastline of Japan past Nemuro and the Kuril islands.

The satellite image from NASA’s TERRA SAT.

DRIFT ICE

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JAPAN ENHANCED TORNADO FUJITA SCALE CREATED

 

This whole topic is very interesting so if you want to find Additional Information it can be found here from the AMS.

 

Tropical Blob Watch? Might cool temperatures down in the Philippines

A southern Philippine blob watch is in place, what I mean by that is by the end of the week we could see a weak low pressure area blow up and bring some heavy rains to the Visayas / Mindanao area.  This could be a relief though for some of the areas looking at increasing

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GFS EXTENDED RANGE OUTLOOK SUNDAY MARCH 19th

temperatures as we head in to the “Philippine Summer” this is basically the lull before tropical season kicks in but after the north east monsoon weakens allowing for limited cloud cover and south westerly winds in the country.

 

For now though models only suggest this but in all practicality it is possible so lets keep a close eye on the tropics east of Palau over the coming days for possible development.

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In short though, it really is a testament to how calm things are in the tropics that this is even worth noting this time of year. Enjoy the calmness while it last.