Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tropical Storm Pabuk Update #9

Issued (1230 UTC) 830pm PhT 092613

Pabuk is finally starting to weaken and is now down to a Tropical Storm. The eye of Pabuk was last located approximately 700km east of Tokyo, Japan. Maximum sustained winds are down to 110kph with gusts of up to 140kph. TS Pabuk is moving northeastward at 35kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows that though the eye remains somewhat intact, it is looking more ragged and less impressive compared to yesterday. Furthermore, the convection has weakened as well, although the coverage is still somewhat good. The strong poleward outflow is slowing down the intensification. However, the combined presence of dry air and strong winds should lead to extra-tropical transition.

Pabuk will continue heading northeastward towards the middle of the Pacific and should become completely extra-tropical by tomorrow. This will be our final update on Tropical Storm Pabuk.

Meanwhile, a new Tropical Depression has formed just west of Luzon. TD 93W was given a local name of "Paolo" by PAGASA. We'll have full update on this developing system by tomorrow morning.

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