Western Pacific Corner

Insane Footage, Car almost Crushed in landslide

By: Spetrm, 3:34 PM GMT on August 31, 2013





This landslide occured after over 1,200mm of rainfall feel in south western Taiwan in just under 72hrs. For you Americans that is over 50 inches!!!

I also made a video on this with licensing from someone who shot the aftermath of the slide.

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Over 25inches of Rain in 24hrs in Southern Taiwan

By: Spetrm, 12:14 PM GMT on August 29, 2013





Taiwan is seeing just what a Tropical Storm can due when it interacts with the mountain chain that dominates the center of the country.




Severe Tropical Storm Kong-Rey the 15th named storm of the 2013 typhoon season dropped over 300mm of rainfall in wide swath of the island from Wednesday in to the Thursday as Kong Rey Tracked to the south. One location in the south West of Taiwan in Shangshang saw a staggering amount of rainfall with a total of 764mm of rainfall in just the 24hr span.



A total of 240 alerts for mudslides and flash flooding were issued in Nantou, Pingtung, Kaohsiung and Chiayi by Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture. Needless to say many schools and business in these areas were shut down on Thursday due to the rising flood waters.



A women in Chaiyi become stranded in her own home by the flood waters, she was quoted as saying “”It came at 1 a.m. I was so afraid and didn’t dare to go anywhere,”





Kong-Rey first formed east of the Philippines where it also received its name “Nando” now the storm continues to track north. I think the next problem with Kong-rey is going to be in to Friday and Saturday as it starts to get wrapped up with a cold front barrowing off the China and Korea coastline towards Japan. This in itself has a lot of energy but as it grabs Kong Rey it will feed that much more moisture and instability in to the front causing some heavy showers even in to Tokyo over the weekend. The worst of it though will be in western Kyushu through the Hokoriku region where up to 150-200mm of rainfall could be seen. Last weekend this area saw flooding and many locations are still drying out after that.



By Sunday the worst of the weather should start to clear out but many areas will see a drop in temperatures becoming a little less summer like and more fall like for those in Eastern China and Korea.

This update is from my site at westpacwx.com


Updated: 3:35 PM GMT on August 29, 2013

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Floods Submerge Manila / Tropical Storm Maring / Trami

By: Spetrm, 12:31 PM GMT on August 19, 2013



Three deaths and four are still missing according to the NDRRMC today in the Philippines following days of continuous heavy rainfall brought in by the enhanced south west monsoon which is getting support by Tropical Storm Maring located north east of Luzon. ( Two deaths reported according to ABS-CBN)

The forecast calls for the rains to continues through mid-week as Maring ( Trami ) lingers north east of Luzon before slowly looping back towards the west impacting Taiwan as a likely Typhoon by mid-week. Over 441 mm has been reported at Ambulong in the past 24hrs alone. At Manilas Aquino Airport 255mm has been reported. Any futher rainfall will only worsen the situation here as more




A state of Calamity was declared for Luzon Monday evening. The mayor of Santa Rosa said the flooding was a lot like the flooding saw in 2009 with Ondoy. At least 500 families have had to be evacuated at this time and more are expected to move as the water rises.

Schools across Manila and surrounding provinces had all schools closed this morning as rain warnings were raised to Red the highest warning possible for this area.

This flood brings back reminders of just a year ago in 2012 when Manila was hit by devastating and record breaking floods due to a very simialer setup as several typhoons moved North East of the Philippines. The Strongest being Haikui that enhanced the monsoon enough to drop over 1,000 mm of rainfall in the Metro Manila Area from the 6-8th of August.

This article is take from my site at Westpacwx.com

Latest video update on these floods and more below


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Floods Submerge Manila / Tropical Storm Maring / Trami

By: Spetrm, 12:30 PM GMT on August 19, 2013



Three deaths and four are still missing according to the NDRRMC today in the Philippines following days of continuous heavy rainfall brought in by the enhanced south west monsoon which is getting support by Tropical Storm Maring located north east of Luzon. ( Two deaths reported according to ABS-CBN)

The forecast calls for the rains to continues through mid-week as Maring ( Trami ) lingers north east of Luzon before slowly looping back towards the west impacting Taiwan as a likely Typhoon by mid-week. Over 441 mm has been reported at Ambulong in the past 24hrs alone. At Manilas Aquino Airport 255mm has been reported. Any futher rainfall will only worsen the situation here as more




A state of Calamity was declared for Luzon Monday evening. The mayor of Santa Rosa said the flooding was a lot like the flooding saw in 2009 with Ondoy. At least 500 families have had to be evacuated at this time and more are expected to move as the water rises.

Schools across Manila and surrounding provinces had all schools closed this morning as rain warnings were raised to Red the highest warning possible for this area.

This flood brings back reminders of just a year ago in 2012 when Manila was hit by devastating and record breaking floods due to a very simialer setup as several typhoons moved North East of the Philippines. The Strongest being Haikui that enhanced the monsoon enough to drop over 1,000 mm of rainfall in the Metro Manila Area from the 6-8th of August.

Latest video update on these floods and more below


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Sakura-Jima in Western Japan Blows Its Top 桜島で爆発的噴火 噴煙5000mに

By: Spetrm, 1:42 AM GMT on August 19, 2013



One of the most active volcanoes in the world got a little more active today when the Showa Crater at Sakura-Jima blew a plume of ash 5,000 meters in to the sky on Sunday afternoon around 1600JST. This is the largest eruption at the Showa crater since observations started in 1955. The volcano also sent a pyroclastic flow down the side of the mountain nearly a kilometer.

No casualties have been reported at this time, but the Japan Meteorological Agency is warning people who live in Kagoshimahosokyoku, to wear mask or apply a handkerchief while outdoors to avoid inhaling any ash. Visibility has also been reduced around Kagoshima bay.

In the past year Sakura-Jima has erupted over 650 times making it one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and one of the most active near a large population.

More of this update at my website. http://www.westernpacificweather.com/2013/08/18/s akura-jima-in-western-japan-blows-its-top-%E6%A1%9 C%E5%B3%B6%E3%81%A7%E7%88%86%E7%99%BA%E7%9A%84%E5%9 9%B4%E7%81%AB-%E5%99%B4%E7%85%99%EF%BC%95%EF%BC%90 %EF%BC%90%EF%BC%90%EF%BD%8D%E3%81%AB/

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FujiWara effect and TS Trami

By: Spetrm, 5:16 AM GMT on August 18, 2013




Something from my website today, figured I would share it here too.

Tropical Storm Trami was upgraded to its TS status by JMA today. At the same time its sister storm to the north saw its demise as JTWC issued its final warning securing the results of our Fujiwara death match between the two storms. Tropical Storm Trami will continue to wrap around behind the remnants of the TD to the north and then push back west through the rest of the week. The main threat from this storm will be the rain as the title would suggest. From north west Luzon through the southern Japanese islands there is a risk of flooding. The heaviest stuff at this time is across the west coast of Luzon as monsoonal inflow combined with the rain bands from Trami create heavy showers. Flooding and landslides can be expected here including in to the Manila Metro area. Low lying areas could see pooling up of waters through mid-week as thunderstorms continue to flare up.

As far as the Southern Japanese islands the Gale warnings around the islands have been dropped to near gale at this time yet are expected to be picked back up as Trami loops back towards the north. Thunderstorm advisories remain in effect today. Click here for full details. The main threat from this storm will be high seas by Tuesday in to Wednesday along the west coast and passing showers and thunderstorms. Okinawa remains in the dry sector of Trami though so the heavy showers will actually be farther south in to Northern Luzon.

Military in Okinawa are under a “Storm Watch”. In short this indicates rough weather is in the area but not quite destructive winds. Key thing to remember if the rest of the island is carrying on with there daily lives, you should too if your Military. Do not separate yourself from the general population and JMA has issued no Typhoon warnings for the southern Japanese islands at this time.

With that said the storms intensity forecast still remains rather uncertain and a Typhoon could develop and impact Taiwan by mid-week. A more like scenario would be a severe tropical storm though.

We will continue to monitor this storm and update again as the forecast becomes clearer through the coming days.

ニ本後 NHK 天気 四歩

18日午前、沖縄の南の海上で台風 2号が発生しました。
台風はこのあと発達し、今週半ばに けて沖縄県の先島諸島に近づくおそ れがあり、気象庁は、今後の情報に 意するよう呼びかけています。

気象庁の観測によりますと、18日 前9時、沖縄の南の海上で熱帯低気 圧が台風12号に変わりました。
中心の気圧は994ヘクトパスカル 中心付近の最大風速は18メートル 、最大瞬間風速は25メートル、中 から半径170キロ以内では風速1 メートル以上の強い風が吹いていま す。
台風は1時間に10キロの速さで東 進んでいます。
台風はこのあと発達しながら20日 かけて進路を北寄りに変え、今週半 ばにかけて沖縄県の先島諸島に近づ おそれがあります。

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FujiWara effect and TS Trami

By: Spetrm, 5:16 AM GMT on August 18, 2013




Something from my website today, figured I would share it here too.

Tropical Storm Trami was upgraded to its TS status by JMA today. At the same time its sister storm to the north saw its demise as JTWC issued its final warning securing the results of our Fujiwara death match between the two storms. Tropical Storm Trami will continue to wrap around behind the remnants of the TD to the north and then push back west through the rest of the week. The main threat from this storm will be the rain as the title would suggest. From north west Luzon through the southern Japanese islands there is a risk of flooding. The heaviest stuff at this time is across the west coast of Luzon as monsoonal inflow combined with the rain bands from Trami create heavy showers. Flooding and landslides can be expected here including in to the Manila Metro area. Low lying areas could see pooling up of waters through mid-week as thunderstorms continue to flare up.

As far as the Southern Japanese islands the Gale warnings around the islands have been dropped to near gale at this time yet are expected to be picked back up as Trami loops back towards the north. Thunderstorm advisories remain in effect today. Click here for full details. The main threat from this storm will be high seas by Tuesday in to Wednesday along the west coast and passing showers and thunderstorms. Okinawa remains in the dry sector of Trami though so the heavy showers will actually be farther south in to Northern Luzon.

Military in Okinawa are under a “Storm Watch”. In short this indicates rough weather is in the area but not quite destructive winds. Key thing to remember if the rest of the island is carrying on with there daily lives, you should too if your Military. Do not separate yourself from the general population and JMA has issued no Typhoon warnings for the southern Japanese islands at this time.

With that said the storms intensity forecast still remains rather uncertain and a Typhoon could develop and impact Taiwan by mid-week. A more like scenario would be a severe tropical storm though.

We will continue to monitor this storm and update again as the forecast becomes clearer through the coming days.

ニ本後 NHK 天気 四歩

18日午前、沖縄の南の海上で台風 2号が発生しました。
台風はこのあと発達し、今週半ばに けて沖縄県の先島諸島に近づくおそ れがあり、気象庁は、今後の情報に 意するよう呼びかけています。

気象庁の観測によりますと、18日 前9時、沖縄の南の海上で熱帯低気 圧が台風12号に変わりました。
中心の気圧は994ヘクトパスカル 中心付近の最大風速は18メートル 、最大瞬間風速は25メートル、中 から半径170キロ以内では風速1 メートル以上の強い風が吹いていま す。
台風は1時間に10キロの速さで東 進んでいます。
台風はこのあと発達しながら20日 かけて進路を北寄りに変え、今週半 ばにかけて沖縄県の先島諸島に近づ おそれがあります。

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Intense, Dangerous Typhoon Footage

By: Spetrm, 2:31 AM GMT on August 15, 2013

Some of the most intense footage I have ever seen in my life of a Typhoon / Hurricane. Surprised no one was injured in this video, no deaths reported as Typhoon Utor came ashore in China.

The storm did cause 7 deaths in the Philippines and 90-95% of the town of Casiguran was destroyed when the storm came ashore.




Here is a full report of the damage the storm brought.



Updated: 3:06 AM GMT on August 15, 2013

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Weather geek from Machias, NY, working as a meteorologist for NHK World TV in Tokyo. Also run my own independent weather site.

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