Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Weather Today May 5, 2009/6:00 am

As of 6:00 AM PST (22:00 GMT) Tue 05 May 2009
Source: JTWC WARNING #011 (US Navy/Air Force) / T2K XTRAPOLATION

KUJIRA (DANTE) becomes the 1st Typhoon of 2009...now reaching Category 3 status with winds of 215 km/hr...continues to move farther away from the Philippines...threatens Iwo To area.

Forecast Outlook: KUJIRA is expected to move out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this afternoon and shall pass very close to Iwo To & Chichi Jima tomorrow afternoon til the evening (May 6).

KUJIRA's main circulation remains small and very powerful. Outer and inner rainbands, eye and its eyewall remains over water and not affecting any islands at this time. squalls (aka. "Subasko") across the Eastern Bicol Region, while its inner rainbands is now over the Philippine Sea, no longer affecting Catanduanes.

1-day rainfall accumulations of 100 up to 200 mm is possible along its rain bands. The Digital Rain Gauge at the T2K Weather Station has recorded 45-hr rainfall accumlations of 246.0 mm (12 AM May 1 to 12 AM May 3)...Barometer is at 1005.6 hPa.

Time/Date: 6:00 AM PST Tue May 05 2009
Location of Center: 17.5º N Lat 132.0º E Lon
Distance 1: 940 km (507 nm) ENE of Virac, Catanduanes
MaxWinds (1-min avg): 215 kph (115 kts) near the center
Peak Wind Gusts: 260 kph (140 kts)
Saffir-Simpson Scale: Category 3
Coastal Storm Surge Height: 9-12 ft [2.7-3.9 m]
Central Pressure: 937 millibars (hPa)
Recent Movement: ENE @ 26 kph (14 kts)
General Direction: Iwo To-Chichi Jima
Size (in Diameter): 665 km (360 nm) / Average
Max Sea Wave Height (near center): 18 ft (5.4 m)
Source: T2K