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21 July 2014: Tropical Depression TWO & Typhoon Matmo!

Who needs hurricanes and tropical storms when we are having a daily dosage of foul weather, with plenty of rain, lightning and thunderstorms, in South Florida? But do not get used to this daily routine and forget this is still the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

Color enhanced infrared satellite image showing Tropical depression TWO riding ‘Hurricane Alley’ toward the Winward Islands on 21 July 2014

Speaking of which, there in the midst of ‘hurricane alley’ there is Tropical Depression TWO moving toward the Windward Islands, while a train of disturbed weather and a couple of tropical waves over Equatorial Africa trail right behind it. So, there is some potential cyclonic activity in our basin. All interests from Barbados to the Virgin Islands should monitor this system closely over the next couple of days as it continues to track generally westward.

Color-enhanced infrared satellite image on 21 Juky 2014 showing Typhoon MATMO moving north of the Philippines toward Taiwan and China
Color-enhanced infrared satellite image on 21 July 2014 showing Typhoon MATMO moving north of the Philippines toward Taiwan and China

On the opposite side of the world, over the far northwestern Pacific, in a region that has already seen several tropical cyclones, including a recent Super-typhoon, there is Typhoon MATMO a large. but not too strong of a system now menacing the northern Philippines, Taiwan and even China and the Korean Peninsula.

Visble light satellite image of Typhoon MATMO on 21 Juky 2014
visible light satellite image of Typhoon MATMO on 21 July 2014
Projected track for Typhoon MATMO on 21 July 2014
Projected track for Typhoon MATMO on 21 July 2014

Still over the Pacific but farther to the east, all the way to the coast of Mexico and Central America, there is a rather long aggregation of tropical waves and disturbed weather cells reaching all the way to the Philippines Sea and the western Pacific where there two large systems showing some potential for further, even cyclonic development over the next day or so.

Color enhanced infrared satellite image of 21 July 2014 showing a long train of disturbed, stormy cells reaching from the Gulf of Panama to the Philippines Sea
Color enhanced infrared satellite image of 21 July 2014 showing a long train of disturbed, stormy cells reaching from the Gulf of Panama to the Philippines Sea

Over in the Indian Ocean, it is the northern and northeastern regions of the basin that are displaying rather large areas of stormy weather. This display of stormy weather is seen clearly in satellite images taken with an infrared filter.

Color-enhanced infrared satellite image showing the Indian Ocean on 21 July 2014
Color-enhanced infrared satellite image showing the Indian Ocean on 21 July 2014

In summary, there is enough cyclonic, potentially cyclonic, and just plain stormy and foul weather in the northern tropics around the world, to remind everyone that this is the time of the year when we must remain alert, be prepared and continue to mitigate!

6 JULY 2014: Typhoon NEOGURI getting stronger!

Infrared satellite image (NASA) of 6 July 2014 showing Typhoon NEOGURI in far northwestern Pacific
Infrared satellite image (NASA) of 6 July 2014 showing Typhoon NEOGURI in far northwestern Pacific

Already a strong category 3 and continuing to strengthen typhoon NEOGURI is churning in the far northwestern Pacific to the SE of Taiwan with maximum sustained winds of 225 kph (~129 mph) gusting to near 270 kph (~169 mph).  The storm system is rather large spanning more than 1000 km in diameter.

Projected track for Typhoon NEOGURI dewveloped by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory based on NOAA data
Projected track for Typhoon NEOGURI developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory based on NOAA data

NEOGURI is tracking NW and expected to turn NNW toward the Yellow Sea and Southwestern Japan.  The typhoon is progressing through a favorable ocean-atmospheric environment that should promote further strengthening with a high probability that NEOGURI may become a super-typhoon (category 5) in the next day or so. All interest in the region, from the northern Philippines, Taiwan, China, to Korea and Japan must monitor this dangerous storm closely.

Color-enhanced infrared satellite image (NOAA) showing the wider Northwest Pacific basin and Typhoon NEOGURI on 6 July 2014. Notice the clear well defined and rather large eye of the storm
Color-enhanced infrared satellite image (NOAA) showing the wider Northwest Pacific basin and Typhoon NEOGURI on 6 July 2014. Notice the clear well-defined and rather large eye of the storm