Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tropical Depression 26W Update #4(FINAL)

Tropical Depression 26W is now beginning to dissipate south of Vietnam. It was last located approximately 350km south east of Ho Chi Minh. Maximum winds are now only around 35 to 55kph. 26W is moving southwestward at 15kph.

As forecast, increasing wind shear and cooler sea temperatures in this part of the South China Sea have blocked any development regarding 26W. Current IR image depicts fragmented and very weak convection; the center of circulation is barely recognizable as well. Rain clouds associated with 26W may try to move into Southern Vietnam today which could bring scattered rain showers, although amounts should generally be less than 100mm.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Due to the weakening trend and the dissipation forecast, this will be our last update for TD 26W. For updates on the other depression--27W, please refer to our separate post.
Issued (22 UTC) 6am PhT 121411

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