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Alaska Wind Storm, Sanba Approaches Japan, Intense SoCal Heat

15 Sep 2012, 12:27 pm

Alaska Wind Storm

Another strong storm is approaching Alaska with some intense winds expected, especially in Southern Alaska.  This is an area that is familiar with high winds.  Just last week a system moved through the area that brought 150 mile per hour winds to the Anchorage area.  The storm left thousands of people without power and hours worth of clean up.  Recovery work is still underway but now the focus is turning towards preparing for the next major system.  Below is just some of the wreckage left by the last system.

Image from: http://www.adn.com/2012/09/05/v-gallery/2611760/anchorage-begins-to-assess-storm.html#id=2615924&view=large_view

Storm on September 5.  Image from http://www.adn.com/2012/09/05/v-gallery/2611760/anchorage-begins-to-assess-storm.html#id=2612406&view=large_view

Hurricane Force Wind Warnings are in effect for the coastal waters south of Anchorage and High Wind Warnings in effect for the Anchorage area.

From the National Weather Service:

A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING TO BRISTOL BAY WILL BRING
DANGEROUS WINDS TO PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA THIS EVENING
THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT. AN ASSOCIATED WEATHER FRONT WILL ALSO
BRING DANGEROUS WINDS TO EASTERN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND.

Typhoon Sanba

On the opposite side of the Pacific, Typhoon Sanba continues to churn just to the south of Japan. Typhoon Sanba was a Super Typhoon yesterday as it was equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane.  (On a side note, Typhoons are the name for Tropical Cyclones in the Northwest Pacific.  These storms have different names based on the their location around the globe.)  From http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/A1.html:

  • “hurricane” (the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E)
  • “typhoon” (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
  • “severe tropical cyclone” or “Category 3 cyclone” and above (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160°E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90°E)
  • “very severe cyclonic storm” (the North Indian Ocean)
  • “tropical cyclone” (the Southwest Indian Ocean)

(Neumann 1993).

Today, Sanba has been downgraded to just Typhoon status as it is now equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane.  Although it is losing it’s intensity, an emormous impact is still expected on the southernmost islands of Japan and eventually into South Korea.  Those in the path of this storm are preparing and bracing the high winds and heavy rain.

Map from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Intense Southern California Heat

Image from: AP Photo/Jason Redmond

High temperatures soared into the the triple digits yesterday in Southern California setting several new records.  100 degree plus readings aren’t uncommon in Southern California but it is rare to see temperatures that high near the coast.  Typically the ocean keeps the air from getting too hot.  With a the wind coming in from the east though, those highs rose right up to the those record levels.  Another hot day expected today.

Cooler weather will be returning to the area by tomorrow.

Have a great Saturday!

Gretchen Mishek

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