Tropical Storm Maliksi is currently moving across the Ogasawara Islands bringing heavy rains and strong winds in the area. It was last located over the Chichijima Island or approximately 980km south southeast of Tokyo. Maximum sustained winds are at 95kph with gusts of up to 120kph. Maliksi has begun to move north northeastward at a speed of 35kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest infra-red image shows the storm moving across the Ogasawara Islands. Sparse and spotty convective activity are bringing occasional heavy rains across the islands amounting to around 80mm since this morning. Stations in the island are also experiencing winds of up to 80kph. Weather in the Ogasawara should begin to improve by tomorrow as Maliksi moves to the north.
Radar Image from JMA
Outflow and precipitation associated with Maliksi are also affecting southeastern Honshu particularly the prefectures of Chiba and Ibaraki. These rains are mainly light and won't really be anything significant. However, light rains may continue throughout the night and may even impact parts of Tokyo. Weather here should also begin to improve by tomorrow. For more radar images, warnings, and forecasts for Japan, please click HERE (JMA Website)
Forecast Track (NOT OFFICIAL!)
Tropical Storm Maliksi is now beginning to turn to the north northeast and will continue moving in this direction in the next 24 hours. It will pass well east of Tokyo and the rest of Honshu by tomorrow and will then turn more to the northeast, accelerating along the way. By Friday, we expect Maliksi to transition into an extra-tropical cycle as it becomes embedded with the baroclinic zone located in this region.
We'll have another update tomorrow. Our complete Text and Video Update on Gaemi (Marce) will be up in about an hour.
Issued (0930 UTC) 530pm PhT 100312