Monday, July 30, 2012

Typhoon SAOLA [GENER] - Update #011


for Monday, 30 July 2012 [7:33 PM PhT]

Typhoon2000 (T2K) NEWS (Saturday July 28 2012):

Currently issuing the 6-hrly web, email, SMS & iTyphoon app updates (except 12 Midnight) on SAOLA (GENER).


+ USA (JTWC/1-min avg): 120 km/hr
+ Japan (JMA/10-min avg): 100 km/hr
+ Philippines (PAGASA/10-min avg): 120 km/hr
+ Beijing (NMC/2-min avg): 120 km/hr
+ Taiwan (CWB/10-min avg): 105 km/hr
+ Korea (KMA/10-min avg): 110 km/hr

+ Hong Kong (HKO/10-min avg): 110 km/hr
:: Click here to see Multi-Agency Forecast Tracks


6:00 PM PhT (10:00 GMT) Mon 30 July 2012
Sources: T2K Analysis/Dynamical Models/SatFixes
View: T2K TC Update Archives (2004-2012)
SAOLA (GENER) has strengthened into a Typhoon as it drifts passing east of Batanes Islands while heading dangerously towards Taiwan. Rainbands continues to spread across Northern Luzon and Eastern Taiwan.

This storm will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon (aka. Habagat) across Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog Provinces, Rest of Luzon, Bicol Region, Mindoro, and Visayas today. Breezy to very windy conditions & mostly cloudy conditions w/ occasional to sometimes continuous rains, thunderstorms & squalls will be expected along the abovementioned areas, especially along the western coast. The seas along the coastal areas facing the West, East and North Philippine Seas will be rough and dangerous.

Residents and visitors along Extreme Northern Luzon, Taiwan and Southeastern China should closely monitor the progress of Saola (Gener).

Do not use this for life or death decision. This advisory is intended for additional information purposes only. Kindly refer to your country's official weather agency for local warnings, advisories & bulletins.


Time/Date: 6:00 PM PhT Mon July 30 2012
Location of Eye: 20.6� N Lat 124.6� E Lon
Distance 1: 271 km East of Basco, Batanes
Distance 2: 292 km East of Itbayat, Batanes
Distance 3: 343 km NE of Santa Ana, Cagayan
Distance 4: 355 km ENE of Calayan Island
Distance 5: 390 km NE of Aparri, Cagayan
Distance 6: 452 km NE of Tuguegarao City
Distance 7: 436 km SSE of Ishigaki Jima
Distance 8: 497 km NE of Laoag City
Distance 9: 488 km SE of Hualien, Taiwan
Distance 10: 578 km SSE of Taipei, Taiwan
Distance 11: 773 km NNE of Metro Manila
MaxWinds (1-min avg): 120 kph (65 kts) near the center
Peak Wind Gusts: 150 kph (80 kts)
Present Movement: NW @ 11 kph (06 kts)
Towards: Northern Taiwan-SE China
CPA [ETA] to Northern Taiwan: Thursday [6AM-6PM PhT]
NOAA 24hr Rainfall Accum (near center): 420 mm (VHigh)
Minimum Central Pressure: 974 millibars (hPa)
Saffir-Simpson Typhoon Scale: Category 1
Size (in Diameter): 890 km (480 nm) [Large]
Wind Area Distribution (in Knots): Current Wind Profile
Max Sea Wave Height (near center): 27 ft
Possible Storm Surge Height: 4-5 ft [1.2-1.7 m]
T2K StormTracks (for Public): Google Map (Flash) | GIF


SAOLA (GENER) is expected to resume moving NNW for the next 24 to 48 hours with a gradual decrease in its forward speed, and will slightly bend NW-ward after 72 hours. On the forecast track, the core of SAOLA will remain over the open sea (North Philippine Sea)...passing well to the ENE of Basco, Batanes tonight til Tuesday, and approaching the coast of Northeastern Taiwan by Wednesday evening. By midday Thursday, SAOLA will be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) as it passes very close to the coast of Northeastern Taiwan

Maximum Sustained Winds (1-min. avg) are near 120 km/hr (65 knots) with higher gusts. More strengthening is forecast during the next 3 days, and SAOLA is expected to become a Category 2 Typhoon by Tuesday evening.

Typhoon Force Winds (118 km/hr or more) extend outward up to 35 kilometers (20 nautical miles) from the center...and Tropical Storm Force Winds (62-117 km/hr) extend outward up to 130 kilometers (70 nautical miles). SAOLA is a large-sized tropical cyclone with a diameter of 890 kilometers (480 nautical miles).

The following is the summary of the 3-day forecast outlook on this system:

TUESDAY EVENING: Approaching Category 2 strength as it moves slowly NNW...about 253 km NE of Basco, Batanes [6PM JUL 31: 21.8N 124.0E @ 150kph].
WEDNESDAY EVENING: Reaches Category 3 strength as it approaches the Northeastern Coast of Taiwan...about 185 km ESE of Hualien City, Taiwan [6PM AUG 01: 23.4N 123.3E @ 195kph].
THURSDAY EVENING: Weakens to Category 2 as it exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR)...about 78 km ENE of Taipei, Taiwan [6PM AUG 02: 25.7N 121.7E @ 165kph].

*Please be reminded that the Forecast Outlook changes every 6 hours, and the Day 3 Forecast Track have an average error of 250 km...while the wind speed forecast error, averages 35 kph per day. Therefore, a turn to the left or right of its future track and changes in its wind speed must be anticipated from time to time.


Below is the summary of the storm's parts and its hazards affecting specific areas:

RAGGED EYE - over water (North Philippine Sea). Possible calm and lull conditions (with <20 kph winds) will be expected inside the eye (click here to know more about the EYE).
EYEWALL - over water (North Philippine Sea)...not yet affecting any land areas. Typhoon Conditions with Typhoon Force Winds (>118 kph) will be expected within this wall (click here to know more about the Eyewall).
INNER RAINBANDS - over water (North Philippine Sea)...not yet affecting any land areas, but its westernmost part is slightly affecting the Batanes Group of Islands. Tropical Storm Conditions with Tropical Storm Force Winds (62-100 kph) will be expected along these bands.
OUTER RAINBANDS - affecting & spreading across Northern Luzon, Batanes-Babuyan-Calayan Group of Islands and Taiwan including Yaeyama-Ishigaki Islands. Cloudy/Rainy Conditions with moderate to strong winds (<62 kph) will be expected along these bands (click here to know more about Rainbands).
24HR TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATION - from 5 up to 200 mm (low to high rainfall) can be expected along areas affected by the outer & inner rainbands (see above)...with isolated amounts of 201 to 420 mm (high to very high) along areas near the center of Saola (Gener). (click to open NOAA's eTRaP graphic).
COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING - possible 4-5 ft (1.2-1.7 m) above normal tide levels...accompanied by large and dangerous battering waves can be expected along the coastal, inland lakes and beach front areas of Extreme Northern Luzon and Eastern Taiwan. Minimal damage is likely on this type of storm surge. Danger from Rip Currents or Rip Tides can be expected along the rest of the beach-front areas of Eastern Philippines and Southeastern China.
(click here to know more about Storm Surge).


Tropical Storm (TS) DAMREY (11W) still over the far Western Pacific Ocean as it moves very slowly...still no threat to land. Its center was located about 344 km SE of Chichi Jima or 355 km ENE of Iwo To (26.1N 144.2E)...with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph and is forecast to move WNW slowly towards the Southern Islands of Japan. To view the latest information on this storm kindly click this link.

CURRENT SW MONSOON INTENSITY: STRONG >> Cloudy skies with occasional to widespread showers, rains or thunderstorms w/ squalls will be expected along the following affected areas: METRO MANILA, SOUTHERN TAGALOG PROVINCES, REST OF LUZON, MINDORO, BICOL REGION, VISAYAS and PALAWAN. Moderate to strong SW'ly winds (not in excess of 65 kph) will blow across the abovementioned areas.

Important Note: Please keep in mind that the above forecast outlook, effects-hazards, current monsoon intensity, & tropical cyclone watch changes every 6 to 12 hrs!

PAGASA Philippine Storm Warnings Signals

Kindly visit: The official PAGASA Website to view the Signals hoisted

External Links for TY SAOLA (GENER)

PAGASA: Hourly Updates
View NOAA-CIRA's: Latest Full Wind Analysis
JTWC Latest Tracking Chart: wp1012.gif
Multi-Agency Forecast TrackMap: Near Real-Time
TSR Wind Probabilities: Current to 5 Days Ahead
JAXA TRMM Page: Latest Rainrate (in mm/hr)
NASA TRMM Page: Saola's Rainrate Archives (in mm/hr)
Zoomed Satellite Pic: NOAA's Near Real-Time
Wunderground Animation: 6-12 hr. GIF Loop





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