Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tropical Update

Gorgeous weather continues to dominate much of the tropics while a mixed bag of precipitation affects parts of Eastern Asia.

IR Image from NRLMRY

A stationary boundary just south of Honshu is producing widely scattered showers for parts of Southern Japan particularly in the Ryukyu Islands. Some islands here have reported between 50 to 80mm of rain these past 24 hours. There have also been some showers across Eastern China and Northern Taiwan although rain for these areas should wind down now. As for Korea, there will be some snow showers, particularly along the eastern sections of the peninsula. Temperatures will get colder this weekend before bouncing back by the middle of next week. Seoul could get to 10C or above while Tokyo could reach 15C mark by Thursday.

The tropics, on the other hand, is enjoying quiet and pleasant weather. The clear skies are also allowing temperatures to climb into mid 30s in some areas. Manila recorded its warmest temperature this year 2 days ago with a reading of 34C. Temps like this along the major cities will continue this week as no major rain maker is expected. There will still be some isolated thunderstorms that could form from time to time but most of them should generally be light and not a cause for concern. However, some rain showers could return by Tuesday for the southern half of Mindanao as the ITCZ tries to move westward.

3-Day Forecast Graphic, NOT OFFICIAL!

We'll have another update on Tuesday, February 28.
Issued (09 UTC) 5pm PhT 022512

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