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Typhoon Melor crossed the Japanese Island of Honshu relatively quickly but still brought very heavy rain and gusty winds. At least three people lost their lives as a result of Typhoon Melor. The forecast track for Typhoon Melor was pretty much on the money with a landfall early Thursday morning with winds topping at 139 kmh or 86 mph south of Nagoya, Japan. The wave heights were some 9 meters, or 30 feet. The Typhoon Melor prognastic reasoning from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center has been consistent with the idea that the storm will quickly transform from a tropical cyclone into an extra-tropical storm as it continues to race to the northeast. Due to its rapid movement, the effects of the storm will subside across Japan by the end of the day. It’s moving so rapidly that the JTWC has issued its final warning for Typhoon Melor. Commuter train service was haulted Thursday morning in Tokyo but will be restored by the afternoon rush hour. Toyota shut down plants for the day but operations should resume quickly. Shipping interests also will be returning to normal as the seas begin to subside. Hokkaido will feel the effects of Melor will persist even though its losing its tropical characteristics because the structure will not change the windy and heavy rain aspects of the storm.
Meanwhile, to the south, the remnant of Typhoon Parma (JTWC discussion) remains parked over the northern Philippines. Early Thursday morning, convection began to explode over parts of the island as the storm center had drifted just off the northeastern coast of the nation. Wednesday had been relatively benign an clean up operations began from Tropical Storm Ketsana over a week ago. The heavy rain produced by now Tropical Depression Parma brought more landslides that killed at least 6 more people, including a man who was doing clean up work and also several small children who were buried in their homes. The storm is expected to continue to linger over the Philippines throughout the day before it moves to the west and finally away from the drenched nation on Friday. Thereafter, it should regain some strength as it moves toward Vietnam, which also suffered from flooding and deaths due to Tropical Storm Ketsana.
Meanwhile, if you look at the color enhanced infrared satellite loop above, you will notice two other areas of interest to the east-southeast of the Philippines that appear to be candidates for development. The largest of the two is to the east of the Philippines and is showing up quite prominently on the satellite loop. It has been designated Depression 21 and is forecast to have some development but the forecast track from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggests a more northward movement and it is not expected to affect land at this time. However, to its south and east is another system that looks suspicious to me. I’m sure the JTWC will begin issuing reports on it over the next 48-72 hours.