Sunday, August 23, 2015

Typhoon Goni Update #9

Issued (04 UTC) 12pm PhT 082415

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Typhoon Goni (Formerly Bagyong Ineng) is now moving near the Ryukyu Islands of Japan bringing strong winds and heavy rains in the region. The eye of Goni was last located approximately 130km northwest of Okinawa Island. Maximum sustained winds are at 195kph with gusts of up to 240kph. Typhoon Goni is currently moving northeastward at 30kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the eye of Typhoon Goni remaining fully established as it moves just west of the Ryukyu Islands. Goni rapidly intensified last night and attained Category 4 intensity as it lashed Ishigakijima and the nearby islands. Wind gusts of up to 255kph along with rainfall amounts of up to 280mm were recorded last night. Thankfully, the core of Goni is staying well offshore from Okinawa and nearby islands. However, stormy conditions will still persist across the region through tonight.

Radar Image from JMA

Latest radar image out of the Ryukyu Islands shows the eye of Goni staying just west and is close enough to bring bands of light to moderate rains across the region. Inside these bands, rainfall rates may exceed 20mm per hour. Overall, we're expecting anywhere from 100 to 200mm of rain over the next 24 hours. The good news is that Goni is now accelerating which should limit the duration of stormy weather.

For the latest radar images and weather warnings for Japan, please click HERE (JMA Website)

Typhoon Goni will continue moving northeastward and should begin to weaken today. It will start encountering increasing wind shear and drier air. Nevertheless, Goni  may still make landfall in the island of Kyushu as a Category 1 Typhoon by Tuesday morning. Aside from Kyushu, parts of Shikoku and Western Honshu may also be impacted by Goni. Eventually, the typhoon is forecast to move just east of the Korean Peninsula by Wednesday and is expected to bring unsettled weather into South Korea.

We'll have another update later tonight.

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