STY NIDA Planning to Make the Least Expected Move?
Once again a Super Typhoon in Western Pacific behaves as if guided NOT only by weather conditions, but by a climatic algorithm!
STY NIDA – MTSAT IR2 – Latest Image as of Posting
STY NIDA (26W) Update:
- Date and Time: Nov 28, 2009 at 09:00 UTC
- Position: Near19.3ºN 139.3ºE
- Location: About 660 km SSW of Iwo To Island, Japan
- Movement: ENE (060 Degrees)
- Forward Speed : 3.7 km/h (2 knots) – Dead slow [almost stationery and noticeably wobbling, JTWC said. ]
- Maximum Sustained Winds: 270 km/h [Category 5 on FEWW and Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale] – Strengthened since last update, then weakened somewhat, though still higher at 145 knots.
- Maximum Wind Gusts: 325 km/h (175knots) – strengthened since the last update.
- Maximum Significant Wave Height: ≥ 11 m (34 feet)
- Formation: The 37-km eye is filling, structure becoming more asymmetrical, and elongated. Strong radial outflow.
- Surprises: Probable
FEWW Comment: If NIDA continues to move in a generally northerly direction, the STY would slowly weaken due to cooler ocean temperatures, as well as increasing vertical wind shear. If on the other hand the storm’s angle of movement becomes more concave, moving in a generally easterly, even ESEasterly direction (close to 20ºN), NIDA could maintain its current strength, even strengthen further slightly, and stay in the region longer than presently expected.
Near real time full disk satellite image. Right Click Image, then select “View Image” to enlarge.
STY NIDA 5-Day forecast track. Source: JTWC
Full Disk Animation:
- West Pacific – Infrared
- West Pacific – IR (Aviation Color Enhancement)
- West Pacific – Water Vapor
- West Pacific – Visible
- West Pacific – Visible (Colorized)
- West Pacific/South China Sea – Infrared
- West Pacific/South China Sea – Enhanced IR
- West Pacific/South China Sea – Water Vapor
- Tropical West Pacific – Infrared
- Tropical West Pacific – Enhanced IR
- Tropical West Pacific – Water Vapor
- Tropical West Pacific – Visible