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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.

Mindanao, the Second Largest Island in the Philippines – April 1st, 2010

7.8N 124.8E

April 1st, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

Mindanao is the easternmost island in the Philippines. It is also one of the three island groups in the country, along with Luzon and Visayas. Mindanao is surrounded by seas: the Sulu Sea to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east, and the Celebes Sea to the south.

Mindanao is the second largest island in the country at 94,630 square kilometers, and is the eighth most populous island in the world. The island of Mindanao is larger than 125 countries worldwide, including the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, Taiwan and Ireland.

The island is mountainous, and is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the country. Of all the islands of the Philippines, Mindanao and Borneo show the greatest variety of physiographic development. High, rugged, faulted mountains, almost isolated volcanic peaks, high rolling plateaus, and broad, level, swampy plains are found there.

Vegetation Index and Deforestation in the Philippines

7.8N 124.8E

March 9th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands bordering the Philippine Sea on the east, the South China Sea on the west, and the Celebes Sea on the south. Most of the mountainous islands are covered in tropical rainforest and volcanic in origin.

Although most the islands visible in this FAPAR image shows a good to high vegetation index (green to dark red), deforestation, often the result of illegal logging, is an acute problem in the Philippines. Forest cover declined from 70% of the country’s total land area in 1900 to about 18.3% in 1999.

Many species are endangered and scientists say that South East Asia, which the Philippines is part of, faces a catastrophic extinction rate of 20% by the end of the century.

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.