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Typhoon Mirinae (23W) Expected to Make Landfall Over Luzon

15.9N 133.5E

October 28th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Typhoon Mirinae - October 27th, 2009

Typhoon Mirinae - October 27th, 2009

Track of Mirinae - October 27th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Mirinae

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Typhoon Mirinae (23W), located approximately 305 nautical miles west-northwest of Guam, has tracked westward at 17 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 17 feet.

Animated infrared satellite imagery and an AMSR-E image show a significant increase in organization and intensity over the past 6 hours. A well defined microwave eye is evident in the AMSR-E pass with deep convection extending completely around the southern half of Mirinae.

Upper level analysis shows that the poleward outflow channel has linked with the mid-latitude trough to the north of Mirinae and has helped to fuel rapid intensification over the past 6 hours.

The influence from the trough on the poleward outflow will begin to diminish over the next 12 to 24 hours as the mid-latitude flow re-aligns and becomes more zonal.

TY 23W is expected to continue strengthening through TAU 72 prior to landfall with Luzon; decreasing as it tracks over Luzon into the South China Sea. Land interaction will slow Mirinae from TAU 72 through 120 as it tracks over Luzon, but the cyclone will see a slight increase in track speed upon re-entering the South China Sea.

Mountains and Valleys of Luzon, Philippines

March 26th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Philippines - March 22nd, 2009

Philippines - March 22nd, 2009

Luzon is the largest and most economically and politically important island in the Philippines and one of the three island groups in the country. As an island group, it includes the island of Luzon itself, plus the Batanes and Babuyan groups of islands to the north, and the main and outlying islands of Catanduanes, Marinduque, Masbate, Romblon, and Mindoro in the south.

Luzon’s area is 104,688 square kilometers, making it the world’s 15th largest island. It is the fifth most populous island in the world. Located on Luzon are the country’s capital, Manila, and its most populous city, Quezon City.

To the west of Luzon island is the South China Sea (Luzon Sea in Philippine territorial waters), to the east is the Philippine Sea, and to the north is Luzon Strait containing Babuyan Channel and Balintang Channel.

The main part of the island is roughly rectangular in shape and has the long Bicol Peninsula protruding to the southeast. The northern part of the island contains the largest mountain range in the country, the Cordillera Central, where Mount Pulag, the second highest mountain in the country at 2,922 meters, is located.

To the east of the Cordillera Central is the large Cagayan Valley. To the east of the valley rises the Sierra Madre mountain range, easily the longest range in the country, which snakes southwards into the central and southern part of the island. Between it and the Zambales Mountains to the west is the largest plain, the Central Luzon plain. This plain, approximately 11,000 km² in size, is the country’s largest producer of rice.

The largest lake in the country, and also the largest inland lake in Southeast Asia, the Laguna de Bay (Old Spanish, Lake of Bay town). Its size and green waters make it easily identifiable towards the southern part of the island.

Super Typhoon Jelawat (18W) Affecting Philippines – September 25th, 2012

16.0N 126.6E

September 25th, 2012 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Super Typhoon Jelawat (18W) – September 25th, 2012

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Track of Super Typhoon Jelawat (18W) - September 25th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TY 18W

Super Typhoon Jelawat (18W) is currently churning across the Philippines Sea. Jelawat became a dangerous storm over the weekend with a perfectly symmetrical circulation and clear, well-defined eye. The storm underwent explosive intensification, almost doubling strength over the course of 12 hours.

Super Typhoon Jelawat is currently located approximately 400 nautical miles east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, having tracked northward at 4 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 45 feet.

Despite being hundreds of miles away from the Philippines, the system has already brought gusty thunderstorms and drenching rains to the eastern-half of the islands. As the system drifts north and eastward, it will bring the potential to bring major impacts to the islands.

While a direct landfall is not currently forecast, the system’s proximity to Luzon could still lead to serious impacts. Heavy and gusty showers and thunderstorms are expected to bombard the island for days to come. Due to the mountainous terrain of Luzon and much of the Philippines, extreme rainfall amounts, flash-flooding and mudslides are possible. Jelawat is forecast to pass east of Luzon, on a northward path generally near Taiwan.

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.


Typhoon Saola (10W) Causes Problems in Philippines – July 30th, 2012

17.9N 119.9E

July 30th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Saola – July 30th, 2012

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Tropical Storm Saola - July 30th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Tropical Storm Saola

On July 22, a tropical disturbance formed east-northeast of Palau. Late on July 26, the JMA upgraded the system to a tropical depression.

On July 27, the JTWC issued a TCFA on the system. Early on July 28, the JTWC upgraded the system to a tropical depression, whilst the JMA upgraded it to a tropical storm and named it Saola. Soon, the PAGASA upgraded the system to a tropical depression and named it Gener. Later that day, the JTWC upgraded Saola to a tropical storm. Early on July 29, the JMA upgraded Saola to a severe tropical storm.

Saola caused widespread rains in the Philippines due to the enhancement of the southwest monsoon. On July 29, domestic and international flights throughout the country were delayed and cancelled. Small fishing boats were advised not to enter the water as gale warnings were issued by PAGASA. Flooding is imminent as different dams are expected to reach critical levels. Three roads in northern Luzon was impassable due to floods and landslides. About sixty families in Rodriguez, Rizal were evacuated due to severe flooding in the area.