Tropical Cyclone Summary 145

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Tropical Cyclone Summary 145 David Mark Roth 5/19/94 12:45 PM


This report is compiled from warnings issued by:
   National Hurricane Center               Central Pacific Hurricane Center
   Naval Western Oceanography Center       Fiji Meteorological Service
   Meteorological Service of New Zealand   Joint Typhoon Warning Center
   Japanese Meteorological Agency          Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
   Philippine Meteorological Service       Royal Observatory of Hong Kong
   Indian Meteorological Department        Reunion Meteorological Service
   Mauritius Meteorological Service
   (others may be added as they become available)
 
   Author's note: ja...@cloud3.met.fsu.edu is still valid for now, but please
address any comments or questions to be...@hrd-tardis.nhc.noaa.gov (assuming
the mailer stays operational!)

   Author's second note: I will be out of town at Forecaster's Development
School and a vacation for the next month. Dave Roth will write the summary
for me while I'm away.

   Special Announcement: A digitized version of the weekly summary with DMSP
polar orbiting satellite imagery is now available via the World Wide Web (http
protocol) using Mosaic. This is courtesy of Greg Deuel at the DMSP satellite
archive. It can be retrieved by:

   1. Open the Open URL window (under File) in Mosaic, then typing:
      http://web.ngdc.noaa.gov.
   
   2. Find the Home Page for the DMSP satellite archive

   3. Click on Weekly Updated Items, then click on the dates given on the next
      page.

   4. The imagery links will be color-coded inside the summary text.

   There will generally be a 1-2 day lag from the time I mail the summary until
the digitized version is ready. For more information on the imagery, as well as
for how the digitized summary and images can be retrieved by ftp, gopher, etc.,
please contact Greg Deuel (Internet: g...@po-box.ngdc.noaa.gov).

   Intermin author's note:  Yes, once again this is David Roth giving you the
scoop on the tropics.  Like before, if you hear or know of anyone that gets
the summary, yet isn't receiving it, mail me at ro...@huey.met.fsu.edu and this
will be remedied immediately!  This time I'll try to get it posted to vnews
in a more timely fashion!  If you have any info for the summaries yourselves,
drop me an email message at the address above.

WEEKLY TROPICAL CYCLONE SUMMARY #145  MAY 08-15, 1994
 
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): No tropical cyclones.

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

   Tropical Cyclone 3W (Page):  A large disturbance was stewing near the island
of Yap since the 9th.  By the 11th, reports from Yap and satellite imagery re-
vealed the presence of a new tropical depression in the Western Pacific.  3W
developed near 11.5N 139E at 1800z the 11th.  This depression slowly became
better organized, and was named Page at 12z on the 12th near 13.5N 138E.  The
motion of Page was northwest, already in the process of recurving into the
westerlies.  Page developed at a modest rate and by 0600z on the 14th, Page
became a typhoon near 17N 135E, and was moving northward harmlessly out to sea.
Page peaked in intensity at 90 knots near 21.5N 138E at 1200z on the 15th, and
began moving just ahead of a frontal boundary to the northeast.

North Indian Ocean Basin: An update on 2B.

   Tropical Cyclone 2B (or not 2B!):  According to the Arab News (the first
English Saudi Arabian newspaper), the death toll in 2B was 139.  More than
5000 people were estimated to have been injured in the cyclone, which leveled
native dwellings made of mud and bamboo.  Nearly 8000 cattle perished and
standing crops spread across 21,167 acres of land were destroyed.  The fishing
town of Teknaf was the hardest hit by 2B, whose population is 152,000.

     Electricity and telecommunications had not yet been restored fully, and
local officials said they were waiting for construction material to help re-
build hundreds of thatched huts toppled by the storm.

     Also, the marine patrol has heard nothing from 300 Thai fishermen, whose
trollers were wrecked by 2B, who were fishing in the Bay of Bengal just prior
to 2B making landfall.

South Indian Ocean Basin (W of 135 Deg. E):

South Pacific Ocean Basin (E of 135 Deg. E):
 

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 on the information for the
next few weeks to David Roth at Internet address:
 
                         ro...@huey.met.fsu.edu
 
                                  or
 
                       ro...@metlab1.met.fsu.edu  

Please address any questions or comments on the digitized version or the
associated satellite imagery to Greg Deuel at the DMSP satellite archive at
Internet address:

                       g...@po-box.ngdc.noaa.gov

Past text copies of the Tropical Cyclone Weekly Summary can be obtained via e-
mail. Please send an e-mail message to Jack Beven if you are interested.