Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Heavy afternoon rains again along western coast of Srilanka .. http://ping.fm/yridR
Typhoon "Lupit" strengthens as it nears the Philippines http://bit.ly/BVNcQ
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Chennai - Reports of "chikungunya" surfacing again in Chennai .
Chennai - Reports of cases with rare disease "chikungunya" , surfacing again..! Find out more abt this disease .. http://ping.fm/dOkcL
Latest Water Vapor satellite shot shows the PUSH of vapor from East Bay is happening... and west coast is clearing. http://ping.fm/vTfPo

Super Typhoon Lupit

On October 19, 2009, Lupit continued its westward journey, the third severe storm headed for the Philippines in wake of Ketsana and Parma. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image at 10:10 Manila time (02:10 UTC) on October 19, 2009. In this image, the massive storm spans hundreds of kilometers but is not yet near any major landmasses.
According to a bulletin from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued October 19 at 11:00 p.m. Manila time (15:00 UTC), Lupit had maximum sustained winds of 115 knots (roughly 210 kilometers per hour) with gusts up to 140 knots (roughly 260 kilometers per hour). Winds were forecast to diminish somewhat, but remain well within the range of typhoon strength, over the next 36 hours.

North-easterly flows lack in strength

India Meteorological Department's (IMD) outlook does not provide any signal to the onset of north-east monsoon at least until October 24.

Available indications from international models suggest that the flows have indeed changed to being easterly and partly north-easterly over the peninsula.


But they are lacking in speed, largely due to the absence of a steering mechanism in the Bay of Bengal. What the basin has currently to offer is a weak trough/wind discontinuity to the south-west where north-easterlies jostle for space with remnant south-westerlies.

IMD charts on Monday showed a weak circulation over Sri Lanka and adjoining Tamil Nadu helping sustain the flows over the southern peninsula.

This could bring isolated showers over parts of the southern peninsula. Meanwhile, the Global Forecasting System model prognosis given out by the US National Centres for Environmental Prediction valid until October 27 suggested that the north-easterly flows may pick up some speed but largely skirt the peninsular coast to blow into Sri Lanka.

This is the phase when Typhoon Lupit, the latest strong weather system to stalk the west Pacific and the adjoining South China Sea, is forecast to tear into land twice over - the Philippines, followed by Vietnam/South China.

According to the London-based Tropical Storm Risk Group, Lupit is likely to achieve Category-4 strength, the second highest on the Saffir-Simpson scale of storm intensity, before weakening slightly on landfall.

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts sees Lupit sliding into the South China Sea just west of the Philippines and gathering strength once again into typhoon status. It is forecast to head straight to the west, and would possibly brush past Hong Kong to make an eventual landfall over South China-Vietnam region around October 27-28.

The north-west to south-easterly flows associated with Lupit could likely take away available moisture in the Bay of Bengal, which explains the wind divergence leading to formation of wind discontinuity.

But the Bay would be watched for any remnant circulation that could be left behind by Lupit for triggering north-east monsoon.

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University has come out with its seasonal forecast suggesting maximum probability for excess showers for Sri Lanka during October-November-December.


Parts of adjoining south-east Tamil Nadu too are forecast to share the spoils while no big deviation from the usual pattern is forecast for the rest of the peninsula and the country at large.

An IMD outlook for the country said that isolated rain/thundershower activity could be expected over parts of northeast India during next two days. .

Minimum temperatures were above normal by 2 to 3 deg Celsius over parts of Rajasthan. But they are below normal by a same margin over parts of east Uttar Pradesh, interior Orissa, west Madhya Pradesh and interior Karnataka.

The mercury is expected to fall by about 2 deg Celsius over parts of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh during the next two days.

Satellite imagery on Monday showed convective clouds over parts of the Andaman Sea and south-west Arabian Sea. Isolated rain or thundershower has been forecast over Andaman and Nicobar Islands, south coastal Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep.

Category 5 Hurricane Rick

Hurricane Rick was a Category 5 storm on October 18, 2009, near the time when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image. Several hundred kilometers southwest of Baja California, the storm had winds of 160 miles per hour (260 kilometers per hour), down from an estimated 180 mph (290 km/h) the previous evening at 8:00 p.m. As of 8:00 a.m. PDT on October 19, Rick was predicted to move in a northeastward arc, perhaps grazing Cabo San Lucas on the tip of the peninsula before making landfall as a weakened storm in Mexico between Wednesday and Thursday.
"Typhoon LUPIT strengthens as it nears the Philippines" - http://bit.ly/2AWrxH
BAD News:: Almost all GFS models predicts NO NE monsoon till 25-Oct-09.
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RT @Vinodh_V: October is the one month when there's usually rain in Chennai. This year though it seems there is only 1 season - Summer.
Chennai - Had a max temperature of 34.8 °C (10:20am) and now it's DRY and SUPER CLEAR. Which month are we in.??
Chennai - Had a max temperature of 34.8 °C (10:20am) and now it's DRY and SUPER CLEAR. Which month are we in.??
Chennai - Had a max temperature of 34.8 °C (10:20am) and now it's DRY and SUPER CLEAR. Which month are we in.??
Climate change report draws flak ... http://ping.fm/sR6HC