Tropics Heating up in the Pacific
The peak of tropical season is quickly approaching, and while things remain quiet in the Atlantic, the Pacific Ocean is heating back up again.
Two tropical storms are strengthening in the western Pacific and look likely to impact Asia into next week, and a tropical depression is likely to form off the coast of Mexico over the next 24 hours as well.
The system in the eastern Pacific has a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm, which would be named Ignacio, in the next two days, according to the National Hurricane Center. The system is likely to become a tropical depression by Sunday morning, and quickly strengthen into a tropical storm as it moves over the unusually warm waters of the eastern Pacific. However, the forecast track takes it out to sea over the week and it isn’t expected to impact land while it moves northwest and eventually into the cooler waters of the northeast Pacific.
However, interests in southeast Asia may not be as lucky with the threats from tropical storms Atsani and Goni. Atsani, which as of Saturday evening U.S. time was a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles-per-hour (MPH), is expected to ramp up to a major typhoon, with maximum sustained winds of 145 MPH or greater by the end of the week. Atsani’s track, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, takes it west towards the Mariana Islands and potentially mainland Japan, later in the week or next weekend.
Goni, meanwhile, is already impacting the Marianas and could well threaten the northern Philippines or Taiwan later this week and into the weekend as it moves west and strengthens. Wind speeds will approach super typhoon status, with 150 MPH or greater winds expected with Goni by mid-week.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi