West Pacific Typhoon Trifecta (Updated)
1215hrs JST 4 October 2008
According to current imagery(0130hrsz), Higos is fading near Hainan, China. Even with the disippating of the final Typhoon Trifecta storm there seems to be little lull in the current tropical cyclone season. West Pacific imagery indicates a new system has developed on the southeast tip of the Philippines designated as 93W. The new disturbance has not shown up on any other imagery and no information is avalable at this time other than what is available on the floater section of the NOAA site.
1130hrs JST 3 October 2008
According to the latest Google Earth imagery (1800hrsUTC 2Oct08), tropical depression Higos is no longer forecast to head towards Taiwan. Instead the storm is predicted to take a more westerly path as originally indicated by JMA.
1100hrs JST 2 October 2008
The latest Google Earth imagery (1800hrsUTC 1 Oct08) has all the systems, except Higos, as having dissipated. Google Earth projected forecast imagery has tropical depression Higos curving towards Taiwan over the next several days.
According to inquirer.net, Higos (a.k.a. 21w and Pablo) was downgraded to a tropical depression earlier today. Latest JMA information has Jangmi and Mekkhala dissipating. There are reports of loss of life in Vietnam due to the latter system.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Tropical Storm Mekkhala slammed into central Vietnam on Tuesday, killing three people and leaving 10 others missing, disaster officials said.A 9-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother were swept away while crossing a stream in Quang Binh province, said disaster official Nguyen Ngoc Dien. Three other people were missing elsewhere in the province, he said. In neighboring Ha Tinh province, a man died when he was blown off the roof of his home while trying to reinforce it during the storm. Two teenagers in the province were missing after being swept away while crossing a stream, said disaster official Le Dinh Son. In Quang Tri province, five people were reported missing. source: usatoday.com
No further information on the mystery system Twenty-one, which appears on Google Earth imagery, has been available.
The latest Google Earth imagery (0000hrs z 1 October 2008) still indicates two seperate systems near the Philippines, tropical storms Twenty-one and Higos (a.ka. 21w and Pablo).
JMA warnings for mainland Japan have been downgraded to advisories for high waves and gale winds.
The gap between the predicted paths of tropical storms Twenty-one and Higos widens even further in the latest Google Earth (1800z 30Sep08)) imagery as Jangmi and Mekkhala all but fizzle out.
Although no other agency has officially declared two seperate systems, in the latest NOAA avn (2230z 30Sep08) several different disturbances near the Philippines are more clearly visible.
Parts of mainland Japan are still under heavy rainfall, high wave, and flood advisories. In the Philippines
Residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes are advised to take precautions against possible flashfloods and landslides while those living in coastal areas under signal No. 2 are alerted against big waves and storm surges source: inquirer.net
0130hrsJST 1 October 2008
The latest in Google Earth imagery shows that at 2100hrs JST (1200hrsUTC) the projected paths between tropical storms Twenty-one and Higos (a.k.a. 21w and Pablo) as widening. Parts of mainland Japan are still under heavy rain, high wave, and flood advisories.
Further review of the current information available led to the discovery on Google Earth imagery of a fourth system in the extremely active West Pacific tropical cyclone season this week. Leading to further confusion is the naming of the systems. According to GE 0600z imagery, the fourth system (Twenty-one) has a totally separate path from Tropical Storm 21w (a.k.a. Higos and Pablo).
1700hrs JST 30 September 2008
On the main island of the Ryukyu Archipelago, Okinawa, wind gusts howl and residents await for the brunt of Tropical Storm Jangmi as the system skirts the otherwise relatively dry landmass. Weather advisories for thunderstorms and extreme rainfall (via JMA) have been issued for various parts of Japan.
In less than one day, Jangmi became only one of the players in the West Pacific tropical cyclone stage. Two more players popped on the scene within the past 24hrs. The second system Mekkhala threatens Vietnam and the latest cyclone Higos (a..k.a Pablo) snuck up on the Philippines.
Here are some satellite images (via NOAA) of the triple West Pacific threat: