Typhoon UsagiSeptember 21st, 2013 at 12:36 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is a picture from NOAA of typhoon Usagi, the strongest hurricane in the world so far for 2013 (which isn’t saying much, this has been overall a quiet year for tropical storms). Check out this amazing loop of the storm from the Univ. of Wisconsin CIMSS The eye of the storm is passing just south of Taiwan (giving Taiwan strong winds and flooding rains) and now the storm is headed toward Hong Kong with the European model showing the eye coming in just north of Hong Kong. Here’s Hong Kong radar. If that is the case, it would spare Hong Kong the significant storm surge, which would hit areas north of Hong Kong, however, there will likely be a significant area that experiences category 1 (74-95 mph) wind gusts. Here’s the latest warning statement on Usagi, the storm track into mainland China, the forecast discussion on the storm and a current satellite picture The next storm to follow has formed, called Pabuk. That storm will likely brush Japan before heading back out to sea. Here’s the discussion on Pabuk and a satellite picture of the storm. Here’s a wider satellite view of the two storms. The Atlantic/Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico remains relatively quiet, though a tropical disturbance will produce heavy rain from SE Texas east through the Gulf States. Here’s national radar. There’s going to be some wet football games today.