Sunday, June 17, 2012

Tropical Depression 06W (Talim) Update #1

A new system has formed in the South China Sea. Tropical Depression 06W (Talim) was last located approximately 160km east of Hainan Island or about 420km south southwest of Hong Kong. Maximum sustained winds are at 55kph with gusts of up to 75kph. TD 06W is currently moving east northeastward at 5kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

The system was able to consolidate in the past 12 hours due to warm sea temperatures and weak wind shear. It is embedded along a monsoon trough that has been bringing heavy rains across Southern China. TD 06W is forecast to become a tropical storm in 12 hours and will remain around 200 to 300km south of China, moving along the South China Sea. Although it'll strengthen further, it won't be the winds that will be the concern but rather the heavy rains that will potentially affect areas in SE China including Hong Kong. By the latter part of the week, this system could head into Taiwan bringing heavy rains there as well.

We'll have more updates on this storm later this afternoon.
Issued (00 UTC) 8am PhT 061812

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