Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tropical Storm Kirogi Update #5

Tropical Storm Kirogi has strengthened slightly as it continues to move across the Northern Pacific. The system was last located approximately 1,200km east of Tokyo, Japan. Maximum sustained winds are at 75kph with gusts of up to 95kph. Kirogi is currently moving north northwestward at 25kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image continues to depict a very organized system despite the weak convective signature. Banding remains tight around the core and the system seems to be exhibiting good poleward outflow. The system will remain in somewhat favorable conditions in the next 12 hours but should start to weaken as it continues to move north.

Current forecasts are expecting Kirogi to approach the Kuril Islands tomorrow evening. Expect rains and strong winds in this area. Light rains could also affect parts of Hokkaido and rough surf could also impact parts of Eastern Honshu.

We'll have another update tomorrow.
Issued (10 UTC) 6pm PhT 080912

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