Thursday, September 27, 2012

Super Typhoon JELAWAT [LAWIN] - Update #021


for Thursday, 27 September 2012 [1:30 PM PhT]

Typhoon2000 (T2K) NEWS (Friday September 21, 2012):

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


+ USA (JTWC/1-min avg): 240 km/hr
+ Japan (JMA/10-min avg): 185 km/hr
+ Philippines (PAGASA/10-min avg): 195 km/hr
+ Beijing (NMC/2-min avg): 210 km/hr
+ Taiwan (CWB/10-min avg): 200 km/hr
+ Korea (KMA/10-min avg): 205 km/hr

+ Hong Kong (HKO/10-min avg): 220 km/hr
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12:00 NN PhT (04:00 GMT) Thu 27 September 2012
Sources: T2K Analysis/JTWC Warnings/Dynamic Models/SatFixes
View: T2K TC Update Archives (2004-2012)
Super Typhoon JELAWAT (LAWIN) moving closer to the east of Batanes Islands...expected to turn NNW later today. This intense typhoon will pass just to the east of Basco, Batanes later this afternoon, with its inner rainbands slightly affecting the island group.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm EWINIAR (19W) located outside of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), northeast of STY JELAWAT (LAWIN) has continued moving north, farther away from Chichi Jima. Its center was located about 401 km NNE of Chichi Jima or 2,311 km NE of Batanes (30.6N 142.2E)...with 1-min. sustained winds of 100 kph near the center, moving North @ 22 kph towards the Northwest Pacific Ocean. Check out the latest details on this system by visiting this page.

Residents and visitors along Extreme Northern Luzon and Eastern Taiwan including Yaeyama-Ishigaki-Okinawa Islands should closely monitor the progress of Jelawat (Lawin).

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: 12:00 NN PhT Thu September 27, 2012
Location of Eye: 20.0º N Lat 124.4º E Lon
Distance 1: 256 km (ESE) closer to Basco, batanes
Distance 2: 285 km (ESE) closer to Itbayat, Batanes
Distance 3: 285 km (NE) away from Sta. Ana, Cagayan
Distance 4: 313 km (ENE) away from Calayan Island
Distance 5: 390 km (NE) away from Tuguegarao City
Distance 6: 530 km (SE) closer to Hualien, Taiwan
Distance 7: 501 km (S) closer to Ishigaki Jima
Distance 8: 802 km (SSW) away from Okinawa, Japan
MaxWinds (1-min avg): 240 kph (130 kts) near the center
Peak Wind Gusts: 295 kph (160 kts)
Present Movement: NW @ 17 kph (09 kts)
Towards: Ishigaki-Okinawa Area
NOAA 24hr Rainfall Accum (near center): 450 mm (VHigh)
Minimum Central Pressure: 926 millibars (hPa)
Saffir-Simpson Typhoon Scale: Category 4
Size (in Diameter): 1090 km (590 nm) [Very Large]
Wind Area Distribution (in Knots): Current Wind Profile
Max Sea Wave Height (near center): 45 ft
Possible Storm Surge Height: 13-18 ft (4-5.5 m)
T2K StormTracks (for Public): Google Map (Flash) | GIF
(for Philippines only)


JELAWAT (LAWIN) is expected to move slowly NNW to Northward with little change in its forward speed during the next 12 to 24 hours...and may recurve NE-ward through the next 48 to 72 hours. On the forecast track, the core of JELAWAT will just remain over the North Philippine Sea, passing near to the east-northeast of the Batanes Group of Islands this afternoon...and is likely to pass close to the south of Ishigaki Jima on Friday morning. This typhoon could pass over the Okinawan Islands on Saturday noontime, before moving across the Ryukyus early Sunday.

Maximum Sustained Winds (1-min. avg) remain at 240 km/hr (130 knots) with higher gusts. This intense typhoon will start to weaken during the next 3 days as it moves into an area of lower Ocean Heat Content (OHC) or cooler sea-surface temperatures.

Typhoon Force Winds (118 km/hr or more) extend outward up to 100 kilometers (55 nautical miles) from the center...and Tropical Storm Force Winds (62-117 km/hr) extend outward up to 305 kilometers (165 nautical miles). JELAWAT is a very large-sized tropical cyclone with a diameter of 1,090 kilometers (590 nautical miles) across.

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

FRIDAY NOON: Just below Super Typhoon strength...starts to recurve as it approaches the southern portions of Ishigaki Jima...about 168 km S of Ishigaki Jima [12PM SEP 28: 23.0N 124.0E @ 230kph].
SATURDAY NOON: Exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR)...passing over the Okinawan Islands or in the vicinity of Naha International Airport...weakens to Category 3...about 39 km SW of Kadena Airbase, Okinawa [12PM SEP 29: 26.1N 127.6E @ 195kph].
SUNDAY NOON: Weakens to a Category 1 Typhoon as it rapidly accelerates toward the NE...moving away from Ryukyu Islands...about 344 km NE of Amami Island [12PM SEP 30: 30.2N 132.2E @ 150kph].

*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. You can also view this image link for you to understand the parts.

75-KM 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)...but its western fringes may reach the Batanes Islands later this afternoon through the evening.. Tropical Storm Conditions with Tropical Storm Force Winds (62-117 kph) will be expected along these bands.
OUTER RAINBANDS - its southwestern part affecting and spreading across Cagayan, Aurora and Isabela. 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 450 mm (high to very high) along areas near the center of Jelawat (Lawin) (click to open NOAA's eTRaP graphic).
COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING - possible 13-18 ft [4-5.5 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 Northern Cagayan, Batanes, Eastern Taiwan, Yaeyama, and Ishigaki Jima today through Saturday. Extreme 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 and Northern Luzon
(click here to know more about Storm Surge).

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 STY JELAWAT (LAWIN)

PAGASA: Hourly Updates
View NOAA-CIRA's: Latest Full Wind Analysis
JTWC Latest Tracking Chart: wp1812.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: Jelawat'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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