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Western Pacific Remains Quiet, Brewing Trough Of Low Next Week For Japan

By: Weatherguy Adonis

Adonis S. Manzan

Low Pressure System Stalls Off Sea Of Okhotsk

Iloilo City, Philippines, 06 April 2012, (0730Z)–As the Christian world celebrate the Life, the Suffering and eventual Resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus Christ in the observance of Lent, Springtime in Japan couldn’t be more beautiful with plum blossoms across the country.  

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) confirms today that the Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo is on its full bloom.  Despite the raging “Spring Storm,” last 03-04 April 2012 across Japan, settling weather conditions have been keeping the skies clear, with some sporadic cold conditions as the blustery winds from the Sea of Japan and some snow accumulations have been observed along Japan’s Northernmost region especially in higher elevations.  The area of “Low,” to date, continues to spawn moisture ahead of what’s left behind by the massive system that moved clear off Japan a few days ago.  The said system continues to linger off the Sea of Okhotsk and remains almost stationary according to JMA.  Satellite observations has confirmed the persistent colder region churning the seas, possibly blowing snow and rough conditions along the Northeastern seaboards of Hokkaido which bounds with the Kuril Islands.

Fig. 1.0 "The Sakura Blossoms in Spring in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. JMA has said that today is the full bloom of these magnificent trees all over Tokyo. Image Courtesy: Robert Speta."

Fig. 2.0 "Desmond Speta playing around near Setagaya-ku, Tokyo with background of the beautiful Sakura trees blossoming in full today. Image Courtesy: Robert Speta."

Fig. 3.0 "a wide array of carefully nurtured Sakura trees blossoming in Tokyo gardens which prompts the arrival of Springtime in Kanto Region. Image Courtesy: Robert Speta."

A New Threat Later Next Week

In the coming week, another system could blow its way towards the Sea of Japan, as what the current European models I have referring to these past two (2) days.  A building area of “Low,” could yet again spell rainy conditions across the Western seaboards of Japan.  The said system is forecast to cross the Korean Peninsula come Tuesday next week, 10 April 2012 and traverse over the Sea of Japan and smack in the middle of it is the Honshu Region before reaching the Pacific side of Tohoku sometime mid-Wednesday and Thursday next week, while there were observations in Osaka and Honshu Region in Japan of having rains this afternoon.  Nevertheless, the overall weather condition across Japan will stay clear with some showers in spots.

Fig. 4.0 "NASA captured this imagery on 04 April 2012, which I clearly pointed out that the massive Spring Storm would continue to linger over the Sea of Okhotsk within the next 2-3 days after moving past Hokkaido on 06 April 2012. Image Courtesy: NASA."

Good Lenten Weather Across Philippines

The Ridge of High Pressure continues to linger along the Eastern coast of Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces off mainland China, extending well into Formosa (Taiwan), which I would say, induce the weak Northeasterly flow across the Northern territory of Luzon, Philippines.  Having said that, the rest of Luzon should stay largely dry conditions, with less chances of rainfall all throughout the observance of Lent, while there will be localized thunderstorm activity mostly in the later afternoon hours after the grueling heat of the Sun, to which our yearly Christian penitence as part of the “Visita Iglesia,” rites have been in full swing since Tuesday.

Fig. 5.0 "A developing Frontal System is traversing Eastwards along the Jet Stream off East Chinese mainland, being pushed Southwards by a lingering Ridge of High Pressure. Image Courtesy: NRL Mry."

By large, the rest of Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region has been used to this hyper conditions of excessive heat during the summer, but make no mistake guys and gals in the country, there will be sporadic periods of rainfall especially in the late afternoon as surging moist air associated with the Easterlies coming from the East along the East Philippine Sea, associated with the weakening “La Niña” episode across the Central Pacific Basin.

Meteorologists from around the world has been saying that the ill-effects of the said weather phenomenon has already been over, but in my opinion, the effects could still be felt largely until the “Neutral” months of July and August of this year.

A Frontal System along Southern Chinese mainland has been observed for the last 24 hrs, and is forecast to traverse Eastwards along the Jet Stream off East China Sea as it is being pushed Southwards by a lingering Ridge of High Pressure, which result to clearer conditions along the Philippine archipelago this weekend with some showers too.

Fig. 6.0 "See the colours depicted on this map which indicates the intensity of the winds thru ASCAT pass across Western Pacific Region. The deeper shades of red and oranges indicate higher wind gusts, while the blue ones and greens signify milder conditions. Image Courtesy: NRL Mry."

Lingering Floods Attributed To “02W/PAKHAR” 

Cambodia has been witnessing a post effects of the recently menacing Tropical Storm “02W/PAKHAR,” which made landfall in Southern Viet Nam City of Vung Tau.  The remnants of the said system has been feeding the flaring thunderstorms along the Thailand-Cambodia border which already, has resulted to unseasonable flooding.

This development is in contrast to Viet Nam’s case, because at the moment, it is still summer time and the Mekong River network has nor fully reached its critical point, which the farmers using the immense river system has been exceptionally glad to have running water to their fields, enough to sustain the hotter days ahead before the onset of the Typhoon season in later mid-May of this year.

Fig. 7.0 "The remnants of Tropical Storm 02W/PAKHAR lingers off Thailand-Cambobia border, where torrential rainfall has been causing localized flooding for the past 4 days. Strong fronts of thunderstorm activity generate severe weather across the region, despite the tropical moisture is expected to head Polewards. Image Courtesy: NASA."

More details coming right up.  Keep it here, www.westernpacificweather.com for the very latest on Tropical Updates from the Region and the rest of the Pacific and Oceania Basin.

This has been your Weatherguy hailing from the Philippines, Mabuhay! =)

 With data from JMA, HKO, NOAA, NASA, NRL Mry, Westernpacificweather.com and Typhoon2000.com
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BREAKING: Intense “Spring Storm” Hits Japan Kills 2, Injured 300 Others

By: Weatherguy Adonis

Adonis S. Manzan

Powerful Storm Approaching Japan, Alerts Up

Iloilo City, Philippines, 03 April 2012, (1000Z)–Springtime couldn’t be more beautiful with plum blossoms across Japan and nice weather.  On Tuesday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) advised the residents along the Western side of the Sea of Japan, and several Prefectures under an intermediate warning for “Typhoon-like” conditions, associated with damaging winds, reaching 150 km/hr (81 kt), possible Tornadic activity and intense rainfall across the country.

The developing “Low,” emanated from East China, now surging Eastwards.  The agency is warning the coastal communities along the Sea of Japan of high seas, gale-force winds and treacherous road conditions.

Warnings are in effect along Amami, Chugoku, Kyushu (North), Kyushu (South),  Hokuriku, Kanto Koshin, Tohoku, Tokai, Kinki, Shikoku,  Ogasawara Prefectures.

Advisory is in effect across Okinawa Miyazaki, Tokushima, Okayama, Hiroshima, Nara, Shiga, Gifu, Nagano, Gumma, Saitama , Rest of Northern Hokkaido at 1912-JST (1012Z), JMA.

Below are demographic analysis about the storm I gathered from NOAA, JMA and NRL Mry:

Fig. 1.0 "National demographic of what's been happening via Radar across Japan since a severe weather pummels along its coast off Sea of Japan. Image Courtesy: JMA, 1930-JST (1030Z), 03 April 2012."

Fig. 2.0 "A close look at what has been happening across the zoomed location of Kanto Region, wherein the colors indicated the intensity of rainfall and persistent thunderstorms that could generate the potential for Tornadoes. Image Courtesy: JMA, 1930-JST (1030Z), 03 April 2012."

Fig. 3.0 "Intense thunderstorm activity was picked up in the Radar screen along Kanto Region, nearest to Southwest of Metropolitan Tokyo and its South ans Southeastern flank. Image Courtesy: JMA, 1930-JST (1030Z), 03 April 2012."

Fig. 4.0 "Severe thunderstorms scatter along a wide area of Tokai Region. JMA has warned of possible Tornadoes occurring in such places, and public were being advised to take shelter or evacuate to designated evacuation centers. Image Courtesy: JMA 1930-JST (1030Z), 03 April 2012."

Fig. 5.0 "Composite 500 mb overlay heights analysis indicate a passing Ridge of High Pressure along the line of the Korean Peninsula pushing the system off the Sea of Japan. Image Credit: NRL Mry."

Fig. 6.0 "Jet Stream as demonstrated by the flowing blue, green and yellow arrows evidenced a pushing Southeastward and generally Eastward motion heading along the Southern edge of Okinawa. Image Credit: NRL Mry."

Fig. 7.0 "This imagery clearly depicts the sea level pressure, more significant to see are the Isobaric pressure wrapping around a cold-core system off the Sea of Japan. The intensity of such Low are the most unusual for the Sea of Japan since records began during the olden times. Image Credit: NRL Mry."

A video taken from a youtube user, TAKAMY96 in Kyoto, Japan:

Huge Spring Storm Approaches Kyoto, Japan

Flooding could also become a serious issue for the affected regions across the edge of the Sea of Japan.  Forecasters warned of high surf conditions along the coastlines, already, several transportation sector has been affected by the intensity of the winds and pelting rains across several prefectures.

The Japan Railways Company,  (JR) and the Shinkansen route to the Northernmost destination has been cancelled in several locations across the Tohoku Region.  Strong winds and increasingly dangerous road conditions add to the complexity of life even for the day.  So many disruptions have been reported and NHK World has been reporting the deaths of two citizens and close to 300 injured as a result of the approaching storm.

Also, my colleague, Meteorologist Robert Speta of NHK World and Founder of this site, www.westernpacificweather.com has relayed to me at around 1930PM-JST (1030Z), the winds are strong across the street, just outside the NHK Headquarters in Tokyo.  Trees have been swaying quite violently and the windows according to Speta rattled, proving the ferocity of this weather system as it generates cyclonic conditions in almost all regions of Japan.

To me, this has yet to be a riveting experience having been informed first hand the immense power of nature as it blows its way through the night and due to reach Northernmost Island of Hokkaido later well into Wednesday morning, 04 April 2012.

Storm was considered an “Extreme” one, since no other storms of this magnitude has been observed along the Sea of Japan for the longest time since records began, authorities says.

More details coming right up.  Keep it here, www.westernpacificweather.com for the very latest on Tropical Updates from the Region and the rest of the world!

This has been your Weatherguy hailing from the Philippines, Mabuhay! =)

With data from JMA, NOAA, NASA, NRL Mry and Westernpacificweather.com

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