Monday, May 21, 2012

Tropical Storm 03W Update #2

TD 03W has strengthened into a tropical storm as it passes just south of Guam. It was last located approximately 120km south of Guam and is moving northwestward at 10kph. Maximum sustained winds are at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph.

A Flood Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service in response to the widespread rain showers associated with 03W. For the latest radar image out of Guam, click HERE

IR Image from NRLMRY

The image above shows 03W with its improving circulation. It has consolidated nicely over the past 12 hours despite the moderate windshear in the area. Poleward outflow has also continued to be good and convective activity remains strong as well.

TS 03W will continue to track northwestward before turning to the north tomorrow. It will also strengthen further, with JTWC expecting a typhoon strength by Thursday.

Next update is this afternoon.
Issued (2130 UTC) 530am PhT 052212

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