Weather geek from Machias, NY, working as a meteorologist for NHK World TV in Tokyo. Also run my own independent weather site.
By: Spetrm, 3:14 AM GMT on April 27, 2013
A must watch for those of you who follow the western pacific and westpacwx.com. This video takes a look back at the 2012 Typhoon Season, some of the strongest storms and where they hit.
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By: Spetrm, 4:08 PM GMT on April 25, 2013
A little break in the weather across Japan today following yesterdays soaker that dropped nearly 200mm in central Japan. Although this brief break will end through Friday as a small disturbance pushes across much of northern Japan. Even Tokyo some light showers in the evening are possible before things clear up through the weekend with sunny skies across most of Japan over the holiday weekend here. For those in Hokkiodo though, a few lingering showers will remain.
China a stationary boundary is continuing to stretch from Taiwan westward today. Some strong storms could pop up as temperatures climb in to the 30s adding to the instability in the atmosphere. Thus don’t be caught off guard here as you could see storms dropping heavy rainfall in Fujian and Guangdong provinces. Hong Kong as well will continue to see the risk of strong to severe thunderstorms through Friday. Moisture inflow in to this area is causing heavy rains in Vietnam and Cambodia, up to 160mm reported there.
The tropics have scattered storms blowing up today as well. Localized but there are a few areas triggering strong storms. In Luzon where the NE and SW monsoon meet there was a strong storm that actually dropped some hail this morning and in the afternoon.
Nothing organized in the outlook at this time in the Tropics
This little update is from my site at westpacwx, I'm still trying to make a attempt to remember to post here as well, the place where I really started enjoying weather back in 2005.
Updated: 4:39 PM GMT on April 25, 2013
By: Spetrm, 8:18 AM GMT on April 18, 2013
The Western Pacific has some of the Most Destructive Storms in the World, this video breaks down the Top five most intense typhoons according to pressure in recent history.
What comes away interesting from this list though is that even due to global warming all these occur in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Likely due to the fact Recon aircraft was available at the time. I wonder if recent storms would be stronger if it was available.