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Tropical Storm Malou (10W) Passes Over Japan’s Ryukyu Islands – September 4th, 2010

29.0N 128.2E

September 4th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Malou (10W) - September 3rd, 2010

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Track of TS10W - September 3rd, 2010 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 10W

Convection Associated with TS10W

Parts of Japan, China and North Korea will again become the target of a tropical system in the upcoming days. The danger this time is at the hands of Tropical Storm Malou (10W).

Malou is currently a minimal tropical storm churning northwestward through the northern Philippine Sea.

Here, the main image focuses on the eastern part of the storm, south of Japan (visible in the upper part of the full image). The thumbnail image shows convection associated with Malou, to the west of its center, over mainland Asia. The entire system can be observed in the animated image.

Malou will continue on that heading into Friday evening EDT, tracking across Japan’s Ryukyu Islands in the process. Bands of torrential rain and gusty winds will increase today across the Ryukyu Islands as Malou approaches. Tropical storm-force winds will begin howling this afternoon, mainly over the island of Okinawa.

The gusty winds and torrential rain will persist into this evening as Malou passes by. The winds will be of minimal tropical storm force, but they will still be capable of causing some tree damage and power outages. Any loose lawn items would easily be blown around.

Malou will enter the East China Sea on Saturday, but heavy rain will continue to drench the Ryukyu Islands occasionally. Some additional rain could fall on Sunday as moisture wraps into the center of Malou.

The upcoming soaking across the Ryukyu Islands threatens to trigger flooding, especially since the islands where just inundated by Typhoon Kompasu on Tuesday.

After leaving the Ryukyu Islands, Malou will press northwestward through the East China Sea this weekend. The tropical storm should then reach the Yellow Sea early next week. During this time, Malou will strengthen into a stronger tropical storm. It is also possible that Malou will reach minimal typhoon status.

There are concerns that Malou will curve northeastward towards the border of China and North Korea, where landfall may occur by the middle of next week. Strong winds high in the atmosphere, also known as wind shear, should increase across Malou just prior to landfall. That should keep Malou from being a powerful typhoon when it moves inland and could even lead to some weakening. The negative aspect of the wind shear is that it should act to push Malou’s torrential rain onshore well ahead of the storm’s actual landfall. The rain could spread over northeastern China and North Korea as early as Tuesday.

Twin Typhoons Saola and Damrey – August 1st, 2012

28.0N 129.8E

August 1st, 2012 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Typhoons Saola and Damrey – August 1st, 2012

Twin Typhoons Saola (10W) and Damrey (11W) are churning in the Pacific Ocean, the former nearer the coast of China, the latter nearer the coast of Japan.

Typhoon Saola, the ninth typhoon of the year, has strengthened and is approaching coastal regions in southeastern Fujian, which has started to prepare for possible disasters. Right now Saola is churning over the Philippine Sea and its heavy rains batter Philippine’s northern Luzon Island.

Yesterday, it was reported that Saola was expected to make landfall at eastern China between the cities of Fuzhou and Taizhou Thursday night or Friday, local time, and that the system would gain typhoon strength at landfall with flooding rain, destructive winds and severe coastal flooding. It was also reported that Damrey could reach typhoon strength when it crosses Japan’s northern Ryukyu Islands or southern Kyushu at midweek with heavy rain and damaging winds. Since yesterday, both systems have effectively reached typhoon status.

 

Tropical Storm Kulap (17W) Could Threaten Japan Later in Week

30.0N 138.0E

September 8th, 2011 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Kulap (17W) - September 6th, 2011

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Track of TS 17W - September 7th, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 17W

Tropical Storm Kulap (17W), located approximately 500 nautical miles east-southeast of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, has tracked north-northeastward at 07 knots over the past six hours.

Maximum sustained winds are between 50 and 55 mph. Maximum significant wave height is 12 feet.

Strengthening is likely during the two days with movement becoming northwesterly or even westerly. The system could threaten Okinawa and the neighboring Ryukyu Islands late in the week, as a tropical storm or even a typhoon by Saturday.

Coast of Zhejiang Province, China

28.8N 121.1E

September 16th, 2009 Category: Rivers

China - July 2nd, 2009

China - July 2nd, 2009

Zhejiang is an eastern coastal province of the People’s Republic of China. Inland, Zhejiang consists mostly of hills, which account for about 70% of its total area. Valleys and plains are found along the coastline and rivers.

The coastline is ragged and has many bays. The three large bays visible here are Taizhou Bay, Aiwan Bay and Yueqing Bay (from top to bottom). In the fullsize orthorectified image, ships can be seen navegating the bays and rivers, and several bridges can be observed as well.

There are also over three thousand islands along the coast, in the East China Sea.To the east is the East China Sea, beyond which lie the Ryukyu Islands of Japan (upper right quadrant).

Solar Eclipse Over Southeast Asia

15.2N 125.8E

July 23rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Shadow cast by eclipse over Southeast Asia - July 22nd, 2009

Shadow cast by eclipse over Southeast Asia - July 22nd, 2009

Path of eclipse over Southeast Asia and Oceania (source: NASA)

Path of eclipse over Southeast Asia and Oceania

Total solar eclipse as seen from the district of Kurigram in Bangladesh - July 22nd, 2009 © Lutfar Rahman Nirjhar

Total solar eclipse seen from Bangladesh - July 22nd, 2009

The solar eclipse of July 22, 2009 cast a shadow over Southeast Asia, causing some of the clouds in this image to appear darker. Upon opening the full image, the northern and southern areas, including Russia, Indonesia and Australia, are bright and clear, while the middle part over the ocean above the Philippines is darkened.

This was the longest total solar eclipse so far during the 21st century, and will not be surpassed until June 2132. The maximum eclipse lasted a maximum of 6 minutes and 39 seconds,  ocurring off the coast of Southeast Asia at 02:35:21 UTC about 100 km south of the Bonin Islands, southeast of Japan.

The uninhabited North Iwo Jima island was the landmass with totality time closest to maximum, while the closest inhabited point was Akusekijima, where the eclipse lasted 6 minutes and 26 seconds.

This was the second in the series of three eclipses in a one-month period, being book-ended by two minor penumbral lunar eclipses, on July 7 and on August 6.

The eclipse was visible from a narrow corridor through northern Maldives, northern India, eastern Nepal, northern Bangladesh, Bhutan, northern Philippines, the northern tip of Myanmar, central China and the Pacific Ocean, including the Ryukyu Islands, Marshall Islands and Kiribati.

Totality was visible in many large cities, including Surat, Vadodara, Bhopal, Varanasi, Patna, Gaya, Dinajpur, Siliguri, Guwahati, Tawang in India and Chengdu, Nanchong, Chongqing, Yichang, Jingzhou, Wuhan, Huanggang, Hefei, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Huzhou, Suzhou, Jiaxing, Ningbo, Shanghai, as well as over the Three Gorges Dam in China.

A partial eclipse was seen from the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbra, including most of Southeast Asia (all of India and China) and north-eastern Oceania.

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