Typhoon Kujira is slowly weakening

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#21 Postby Aslkahuna » Mon Apr 14, 2003 5:05 pm

when I was stationed in the Philippines, Typhoon Violet became the first April typhoon to hit northern Luzon in something like 20 years or so and at 125kt it was also the strongest April typhoon there. The track looks like this could be a repeat of that event which is very rare since, as I've said before, most April Typhoons that hit the Philippines usually got through the Visayas. Curiously, we are continuing the trend of early season strong typhoons though this one is about a month later than last years first super which occurred in early March.

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#22 Postby pojo » Mon Apr 14, 2003 5:24 pm

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#23 Postby ColdFront77 » Mon Apr 14, 2003 7:20 pm

Wow!
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#24 Postby cycloneye » Tue Apr 15, 2003 6:04 am

It is moving westnorthwest and away from Guam so now it is moving on open waters but the Philliphines is on the track of what is now a powerful typhoon that has 125kts but not a supertyphoon yet.
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#25 Postby Anonymous » Tue Apr 15, 2003 3:35 pm

The official track forecast for Kujira is continuing to shift further south. A strike on the Phillipines, as TWW has been calling for, is an almost certainty. A little bit of good news is that it now looks like the storm will be gradually weaken before it approaches (after it peaks, which it has yet to do). How much it weakens before it hits is still an open question at this point.
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#26 Postby cycloneye » Tue Apr 15, 2003 3:52 pm



It is now a supertyphoon with 130kts winds and higher gusts to 160 kts but now the Philliphines are at the track of it but will it weaken some before it makes landfall somewhere in that countrie?

In those sat pics it looks really a true powerful system with that eye that is a perfect one.
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Some Weakening

#27 Postby Aslkahuna » Tue Apr 15, 2003 4:23 pm

will occur before the storm reaches the Philippines as the airmass over the Philippines in April is Trade Air rather than deep mT air. There is usually a pretty healthy subsidence inversion around H7 or so with dry air above additionally, we still usually have remnants of the NE Monsoon over the SCS with cooler and dryer air that can be pulled across the islands into the storm as it approaches. This is a very unusual track for an April storm to be sure.

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Here is full disk of western pacific look at supertyphoon

#28 Postby cycloneye » Tue Apr 15, 2003 4:36 pm

http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/sat-bin/disp ... C_SCALE=15

The Philliphines are to the left of the supertyphoon on that pic.Hope you are right Steve about the subsidence because it would be a catastrofy if it goes there at this strengh.
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Kujira has peaked in intensitie

#29 Postby cycloneye » Wed Apr 16, 2003 6:15 am

http://www.npmoc.navy.mil/jtwc/satshots/wp0203savs.jpg

Now from here Kujira will begin slowly to weaken but the 2 questions are will it weaken big time and if the track will send it to Luzon or it will deviate and not affect the Phillippines.The sat pics show that the system is not as simetric as in the past 2 days and the eye is not perfect as before and that may indicate that dry air may be beggining to affect it.
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#30 Postby mf_dolphin » Wed Apr 16, 2003 12:29 pm

Here's the latest storm track forecast...

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#31 Postby cycloneye » Wed Apr 16, 2003 12:45 pm

Good news that Kujira is no longer a supertyphoon as it has continued to weaken with dry air that has penetrated the system and the simetrie of it is not the same as the past 2 days.
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That's The Dry Air

#32 Postby Aslkahuna » Wed Apr 16, 2003 4:47 pm

that I mentioned in my discussion of the climatology of April Typhoons in the Philippines. If you were to look at an April Sounding from Clark AB it would not look very tropical being quite dry in the mean even though low level moisture would be present. The latest from JT has the storm approaching 18N well east of Luzon on a 330 degree heading. A storm on that kind of track will not hit Luzon and at any rate the storm would not be a typhoon if it did.

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#33 Postby cycloneye » Thu Apr 17, 2003 7:02 am

Steve Luzon apparently will be safe from what will be left of the weakening system as the forecast track has shifted more to the north so good news for them.
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