weather spider web


spring storm -
a spider web
across Japan

photo source : weather.yahoo.co.jp

The Japan Meteorological Agency
forecast Thursday a strong storm may hit Japan this weekend
as a fast-growing low-pressure system passes through the Sea of Japan.

Now the forecast has come true!

high waves in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture
as a typhoon-like powerful spring storm hit a wide area of western Japan. (Kyodo)
source : english.kyodonews.jp

Powerful storm dumps rain on much of nation

A powerful storm caused by a rapidly growing low-pressure system pummeled much of the nation Saturday, injuring at least two people, one of them critically, and wreaking havoc with transportation systems as it plowed northward.

... Western, eastern and northern regions could experience winds of up to 126 kph by Sunday, while waves as high as 6 to 8 meters are expected off some coastal areas, the agency warned.

On Saturday, 92 mm of rainfall per hour was observed in the city of Miyazaki — an all-time record. Meanwhile, hourly rainfall of 88.5 mm was recorded in Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture, and Saeki in Oita Prefecture was hit by 42.5 mm per hour.

The strongest winds were clocked in Anan, Tokushima Prefecture, at 123 kph.

... The agency reported that the low-pressure system is forecast to develop over the Sea of Japan and will reach an atmospheric pressure of 970 hectopascals at its center — equivalent to a typhoon — at around 9 a.m. Sunday.

As the system is expected to merge with another by Monday morning around Hokkaido, northern areas of the country and the Hokuriku region on the Sea of Japan coast and could still be affected by stormy winds on Monday, it added.
source : Japan Times, April 6


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