Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Typhoon MELOR (NONA) Update Number 016


Typhoon MELOR (NONA) Update Number 016



Issued at: 1:30 PM PhT (05:30 GMT) Wednesday 16 December 2015
Next Update: Wednesday Evening, 16 December 2015

Typhoon MELOR (NONA) continues to lose strength while drifting northwestward slowly. It is expected to change its course towards the west and sharply towards the southwest within the next 24 hours.

MELOR (NONA) will continue to enhance the Northeast Monsoon (Hanging Amihan) bringing rains with some thunderstorms across Northern and Central Luzon. Residents are advised to take precautionary measures against possible flashfloods or landslides especially during heavy downpour.

Residents and visitors along the Southern Tagalog Provinces incl. Palawan and Western sections of Central Luzon should closely monitor the development of TY MELOR (NONA).

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Below are the regions or places in the Philippines that could be directly affected or that are being directly affected by the hazards generated by this current tropical cyclone.


  • Heavy Rains (50 mm to 100 mm): Bataan, Pampanga, Zambales, Tarlac, Western Nueva Ecija and Cavite - Today (Dec 16).
  • Possible coastal storm surge flooding of 1 to 6 m (3 to 20 ft) above normal tide levels...accompanied by large and dangerous battering waves can be expected along the coastal, inland lakes and beach front areas of Bataan and Cavite incl. Lubang Island - Today (Dec 16)


As of 11:00 AM PhT today, December 16...0300 GMT.

Classification/Name: TY MELOR (NONA)
Location: Off the coast of Bataan...(near 14.6N 119.5E)
About: 117 km northwest of Lubang Island...or 89 km west-southwest of Subic Bay, Zambales
Maximum Sustained Winds (10-min avg): 130 kph near the center...Gustiness: 160 kph
24 hr. Rain Accumulation (near and northeast of the center): 50 to 500 mm [Moderate to Extreme]
Minimum Central Pressure: 967 millibars (hPa)
Size of Circulation [Convective Cloud-Based, in diameter]: 550 km (Small)
Area of Damaging Winds (100 kph or more wind gusts): 100 km from the center
Past Movement: Northwest @ 8 kph
Forecast Movement: Northwest to Southwest @ 13 kph
Towards: West Philippine Sea


TY MELOR (NONA) is expected to continue moving northwestward slowly and shortly after it shall move west and to the southwest sharply with increasing forward speed throughout the outlook period. On the forecast track, MELOR (NONA) shall move out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday morning (Dec 18).

TY MELOR (NONA) is forecast to weaken over the West Philippine Sea due to the arrival of the cool dry air of the northeast monsoon (amihan) and will further lose strength while moving over the southern part of the West Philippine Sea.

The following is the 3-day forecast outlook summary* for this system:

THURSDAY MORNING: Weakens into a Tropical Storm as it changes its course to the southwest across the West Philippine Sea with increasing forward speed...about 229 km west-northwest of Coron, Palawan [8AM DEC 17: 12.9N 118.3E @ 85kph]. Confidence Level: MEDIUM.
FRIDAY MORNING: Weakens into a Tropical Depression as it accelerates and moves out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR)...about 330 km west-northwest of Balabac, Palawan [8AM DEC 18: 09.3N 114.4E @ 55kph]. Confidence Level: MEDIUM.
SATURDAY MORNING: Weakens into an area of Low Pressure over the southern part of the South China Sea...about 574 km west-southwest of Balabac, Palawan [8AM DEC 19: 07.7N 111.8E @ 35kph]. Confidence Level: LOW.

*Important Note: Please be reminded that the Forecast Outlook changes every 6 hours, and the Day 2 and 3 Forecast Track has an average error of 100 and 250 km respectively...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.


Time/Date: 11:00 AM PhT Wed Dec 16, 2015
Location of Center: Near 14.6º N Lat 119.5º E Lon
Distance 1: 161 km WNW of Tagaytay City, Cavite
Distance 2: 185 km NW of Batangas City
Distance 3: 194 km NW of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Distance 4: 101 km SW of Iba, Zambales
Distance 5: 161 km W of Metro Manila

Issued by: Leonilo C. Millanes for


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