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Tropical Storm Rumbia (06W) West of Manila, Philippines – June 30th, 2013

10.6N 124.8E

June 30th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Storms MODISAqua

Tropical Storm Rumbia (06W) – June 29th, 2013

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Track of Tropical Storm Rumbia (06W) - June 29th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 06W

Tropical Storm Rumbia (06W), located approximately 64 nm westward of Manila, Philippines, has tracked west-northwestward at 15 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 6 feet.

Tropical Storm Gorio/Rumbia (06W) Forms Near Philippines

9.8N 129.0E

June 29th, 2013 Category: Tropical Storms MODISTerra

Tropical Storm Rumbia (06W) – June 28th, 2013

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Track of Tropical Storm Rumbia (06W) - June 29th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 06W

In late-June, an area of disturbed weather persisted to the east of the Philippines, accompanied by a low-pressure area. At 1200 UTC on June 26, the system was designed as Invest 99W by the JTWC. Initially tracking southward, the invest-disturbance moved east and then recurved to the west, steadily gaining in organization and intensity.

At 0300 UTC on June 27, the disturbance, situated 520 km (325 mi) east of Surigao, Philippines, became sufficiently organized to be classified as a tropical depression by the PAGASA, and as such the system was given the name Gorio by the same agency. The same day, the system was also classified as a tropical depression by the JMA. Tracking to the northwest under the influence of a subtropical ridge to the northeast, the depression gradually organized, despite being situated in an area of low to moderate wind shear.

At 1200 UTC the following day, the JMA upgraded the depression to tropical storm intensity, naming it Rumbia (06w); the PAGASA upgraded the system three hours later. In Butuan, Philippines, heavy rainfall generated from the nearby storm caused the suspension of elementary and high schools; the floods also submerged rice fields in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

Tropical Storm Yagi (03W) Between Philippines and Japan

26.2N 134.5E

June 10th, 2013 Category: Tropical Storms MODISAqua

Tropical Storm Yagi (03W) – June 9th, 2013

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Track of Tropical Storm Yagi (03W) - June 10th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 03W

Tropical Depression 03W formed east of the Philippines on June 6. It intensified into Tropical Storm Yagi on June 8.

The system is currently located approximately 850 km east northeast of Casiguran, Philippines or about 548 nmi (1,015 km; 631 mi) SSE of Kadena, Japan. The center of the storm has become more defined and tightly wrapped. Conditions are favorable for further development as vertical wind shear remains low.

Climate Change and Deforestation in the Philippines – May 22nd, 2013

9.7N 122.3E

May 22nd, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Image of the day, Vegetation Index

Philippines – May 22nd, 2013

The Philippines is considered as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. With impacts ranging from extreme weather events and periodic inundation to droughts and food scarcity, climate change has been a constant reality that many Filipinos have had to face.

Most affected are those living in coastal communities and the lower rung urban communities that lack awareness on proper disaster preparedness measures to take. As it is, climate change impacts have not only intensified from an imbalanced natural eco-system, but every onslaught has become unpredictable (click here for more information).

Another issue affecting the Philippines is deforestation. Over the course of the 20th century the forest cover of the Philippines dropped from 70% down to 20%. Only 3.2percent of total rainforest is left. Based on an analysis of land use pattern maps and a road map, an estimated 9.8 million ha of forests were lost in the Philippines from 1934 to 1988. Despite this problem, the islands show a mostly good vegetation index, as evidenced by the predominantly green coloring here.

Tropical Storm Wukong (27W) by Philippines

12.5N 126.7E

December 26th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Wukong (27W) – December 25th, 2012

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Track of Tropical Storm Wukong (27W) - December 25th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 27W

Tropical Storm Wukong (27W) located approximately 285 nm south-southwest of Manila, Philippines, has tracked west-southwestward at 14 knots over the past six hours. Here, the system can be seen encroaching on the Philippines, whose borders are visible despite the convection covering them due to the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature.

Animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery shows the low level circulation center has become fully exposed and ragged as the main convection was sheared almost 200 nm to the north. The same animation shows the convective tops have significantly warmed as the bands unraveled and dispersed. Maximum significant wave height is 11 feet.

Upper level analysis indicates the system is 05 degrees south of the ridge axis in an area of moderate to strong (20-30 knot) southerly vertical wind shear (VWS). The cyclone is tracking along the southern extension of a deep-layered subtropical ridge to the north. The system is expected to dissipate in 12 hours due to the high VWS, exacerbated by a cold northeasterly surface wind surge in the South China Sea.