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Parma Hampers Recovery Efforts in Vietnam

Posted by feww on October 14, 2009

Parma: The Storm that Never Left

For two weeks Parma has behaved as if programmed to cause maximum rainfall in specific regions

And all other weather systems and atmospheric phenomena have worked to ensure Parma carries out its ‘intended tasks!’

As a new tropical depression the Philippines shrouds southern portion of Luzon and central islands of the Philippines,  TS Parma drifts slowly towards  the Vietnamese coast at a forward speed of about 6 km/h towards  expecting to make landfall  1at about 6:00UTC/GMT today (October 15,  2009), near coastal line provinces from Quang Ninh to Ha Tinh.

After leaving Hainan Island, Parma redeveloped quite rapidly regaining intensity, and featuring a new eye with deep convection.

Northwest Pacific – Visible Image. (MTSAT/NOAA/SSD) – Still frame – Click image to  update and enlarge.

Best Track Map. Source: ‘Digital Typhoon’

  • Heavy rainfall is expected in Cao Bang, Thanh Hoa and Lang Son from about 01:00UTC, October 15, 2009.
  • Tidal waves of up to 5 meters at coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Nghe An should be expected.
  • The provinces from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh should anticipate heavy rainfall.
  • Flash floods and landslides in the mountainous areas, and intense flooding in lower lands present real life threats to humans and animals.

The latest stats issued at 01:05 UTC, 14 October 2009 (JMA/JTC) are as follows:

  • Center position: N20°20′(20.3°), E107°20′(107.3°)
  • Direction and speed of movement: STR [Low- to mid-level Subtropical Ridge (STR) is located to the north of Parma. FEWW]
  • Central pressure:  748.87 mm Hg  (996hPa) – [Standard pressure is 761.84 mm Hg. FEWW]
  • Maximum wind speed near the center: 65km/h [18m/s, 35kt]
  • Maximum wind gust speed: 90km/h [25m/s, 50kt] – [reaching as high as 117km/h before landfall. FEWW]
  • Area of 30kt winds or more: Wide 190km (100NM)

Parma is expected to pass directly over Hanoi at about 00:30UTC on October 15, 2009, dissipating as a significant tropical cyclone shortly thereafter.

Parma may still have a few surprises tucked deep inside its gusty ‘algorithm!’

The Philippines Islands shrouded again. MTSAT Still frame. Click image to enlarge and update.


Satellite Imagery (Constant Illumination)
Satellite Imagery (Sun Illumination)

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