Tropical Cyclone Weekly Summary #68 (November 15 - 22, 1992)

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Tropical Cyclone Weekly Summary #68 (November 15 - 22, 1992) JACK 11/24/92 6:26 AM
  This report is compiled from warnings issued by:
      National Hurricane Center
      Central Pacific Hurricane Center
      Naval Western Oceanography Center
      Fiji Meteorological Service
      Joint Typhoon Warning Center
      Japanese Meteorological Agency
      Royal Observatory of Hong Kong
      Indian Meteorological Department
      Reunion Meteorological Service
      Mauritius Meteorological Service
      (others may be added as they become available)


WEEKLY TROPICAL CYCLONE SUMMARY #68: NOVEMBER 15 - 22, 1992

North Atlantic Basin: No tropical cyclones.

Eastern North Pacific Basin (E of 140 Deg. W): No tropical cyclones.

Central North Pacific Basin (180 Deg. W to 140 Deg. W):

   Tropical Depression 3C: Tropical Depression 3C formed near 11N 154W on
22 November. At the end of the summary period, it was moving west-southwest
with 30 kt winds.

Western North Pacific Basin (W of 180 Deg. W):

   Typhoon Gay: At the start of the summary period, Gay was moving west-
northwest through the Marshall Islands with 40 kt winds. The storm contin-
ued its west-northwest for the next two days as it reached typhoon strength
on 17 November. At 0000 UTC 17 November, Wotje Atoll reported 65 kt winds
with gusts to 80 kt, while Mejit Atoll estimated gusts of 90 kt. Gay turned
west on 18 November and continued this course through 21 November as it
strengthened into one of the most intense typhoons in the last 13 years. Max-
imum winds reached a peak of 160 kt on 20 November, which is just short of
the peak intensity of Typhoon Tip in 1979. Fortunately, this took place
while Gay was far from land. Gay slowly weakened after 20 November, and
it turned west-northwest toward Guam on 22 November. At the end of the sum-
mary period, Gay was approaching Guam with winds estimated at 125 kt. So
far, there are no reports of damage or casualties. However, Gay passed
directly over Guam right after the summary period ended. A description of
this will be in the next summary.

   Typhoon Hunt: A tropical depression formed near 13N 159E on 15 November.
It was designated TD-32W by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center as it moved west-
northwest. TD-32W turned west on 16 November, and this motion continued the
next day as the system reached tropical storm intensity. Hunt turned west-
northwest and passed just north of Guam as it reached typhoon intensity on
18 November. Andersen Air Force Base reported a minimum pressure of 987.2
at 0500 UTC 18 November, with maximum sustained winds of 33 kt and peak
gusts of 54 kt reported several hours later. Hunt turned north-northwest on
19 November as it reached a peak intensity of 125 kt. Hunt recurved north-
east on 20 November and accelerated to a forward motion of near 50 kt while
weakening rapidly. Hunt dropped below typhoon intensity on 21 November, and
the storm became extratropical near 40N 160E on 22 November. There are no
reports of damage or casualties at this time.

North Indian Ocean Basin:

   Tropical Cyclone 10B: At the start of the summary period, TC-10B was
near the west coast of India moving northwest with 45 kt winds. TC-10B
turned north-northwest on 16 November, then it turned north and moved in-
land as it weakened to a depression the next day. The system dissipated
over land while moving northeastward on 18 November. So far, 230 people are
believed dead in India with 13 more killed in Sri Lanka. The coastal town
of Vikramasingapuram in India was totally washed away by flash floods.
Latest reports are that 23,000 people were left homeless.

   Tropical Cyclone Forrest: At the start of the summary period, Forrest
was moving west with 40 kt winds. Forrest turned west-northwest on 16 No-
vember, and it continued this track the next day as it slowly strengthened.
Forrest turned northward on 18 as it reached hurricane intensity, and this
course continued the next day. Forrest reached a peak intensity of 125 kt
as it turned northeast toward Bangladesh on 20 November. Forrest turned
east-northeast and made landfall near Sittwe, Mynamar (near the Bangla-
desh-Mynamar) border on 21 November. Fortunately, Forrest was steadily
weakening as it approaced the coast, and maximum winds at landfall were
estimated at 95 kt. Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh (about 70 miles north of the
center), reported gusts to 56 kt as Forrest moved inland. The storm weak-
ened rapidly as it moved inland, and the system dissipated over Mynamar
the next day. Forrest affected southern Bangladesh and Mynamar, with some
damage being reported in the coastal regions. However, only one person has
been reported killed so far.

South Indian Ocean Basin (W of 135 Deg. E): No tropical cyclones.

South Pacific Ocean Basin (E of 135 Deg. E): No tropical cyclones.

Disclaimer: While an effort has been made to make sure this information is
accurate as possible, it was drawn from operational warnings that may not
always agree with the best track information published after the storm is
over. Please address any questions or comments by e-mail to:

                    ja...@cloud3.met.fsu.edu.

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