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Kujira (01W) Downgraded to Tropical Storm

May 7th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Track of Tropical Storm 01W (Kujira) - May 6th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Tropical Storm 01W (Kujira) - May 6th, 2009

TS 01W © JTWC

TS 01W

Kujira (01W) has been downgraded from typhoon to tropical storm status.

The system, which is located approximately 150 nm east-northeast of Iwo-To, Japan, has tracked north-northeastward at 19 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 21 feet.

TS 01W has rapidly lost its vertical organization and is beginning to take on frontal characteristics, indicative of an extratropical system.

With a complete shearing of convection from the low level circulation center (LLCC) and induction of dry mid-latitude air into the LLCC, Kujira is expected to fully transition to an extratropical system within the next 12 hours.

Typhoon 01W (Kujira) Located South-Southwest of Japan

23.2N 142.7E

May 6th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Track of Typhoon 01W (Kujira) - May 6th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Typhoon 01W (Kujira) - May 6th, 2009

Typhoon 01W © JTWC

Typhoon 01W

Typhoon 01W (Kujira), located approximately 200 nautical miles south-southwest of Iwo-To, Japan has tracked northeastward at 18 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 22 feet.

Animated water vapor imagery indicates the system continues to maintain good poleward outflow even as it gets eroded on the southwestern quadrant by strong vertical wind shear. This has helped the system maintain its current intensity.

Typhoon Kujira is tracking along the northwest periphery of the subtropical ridge to the southeast. This motion is accelerated by strong winds associated with a mid-latitude trough digging into the East China Sea.

TY 01W is expected to continue its rapid ascent into northern and cooler latitudes, weaken, and become extratropical by TAU 36.

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