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)
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address any comments or questions to be...@hrd-tardis.nhc.noaa.gov (assuming
the mailer stays operational!).
Interim author's note: This is my first week of writing the summaries
for Jack. If you hear of anyone who normally gets this summary, yet fails
to recieve this one, mail me at ro...@huey.met.fsu.edu. I shall try to correct
the situation as soon as possible!
WEEKLY TROPICAL CYCLONE SUMMARY #129 JANUARY 16-23, 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): No tropical cyclones.
North Indian Ocean Basin: No tropical cyclones.
South Indian Ocean Basin (W of 135 Deg. E):
Tropical Cyclone Pearl/Farah (TC-09S): Tropical Cyclone Pearl was located
at 16S 99.8E at 0000 GMT on the 16th with winds of 80 knots. Pearl moved
generally toward the west while slowly gaining intensity. Maximum winds had
increased to 90 knots by 1200 GMT on the 17th. Pearl then began turning
toward the southwest on the 18th, and south by the 19th, while weakening the
entire time. At this point, Reunion began calling Pearl by the name of Farah
and continued issuing advisories after Guam dropped the system on the 19th.
Pearl/Farah slowed its forward motion and weakened to a tropical depression
on the 20th near 25S 88.5E. The cyclone became quasi-stationary on the 21st
while continuing to slowly weaken. No significant ship reports were found
between the 16th and the 21st for Pearl/Farah.
Tropical Cyclone Edmea (TC-10S): Tropical Cyclone Edmea on the 16th had
45 knot winds at 0000 UTC on the 16th while located near 18.5S 65.5E. Edmea
weakened while recurving, first moving southwest but ultimately moving south-
east through the South Indian Ocean. Edmea transitioned into an extratropical
cyclone by 1200 GMT on the 18th when located near 28.7S 67.7E.
South Pacific Ocean Basin (E of 135 Deg. E):
Tropical Cyclone Rewa (TC-05P): The saga of Rewa continued on the 16th
near 15S 157E with winds of 85 kt. Rewa rapidly intensified to 120 knots 12
hours later, which matched its previous peak of intensity on the 2nd/3rd of
January of 120 knots. Rewa began a definite southeasterly track on the 16th,
then quickly changed course to westerly by 0000 GMT on the 18th. Throughout
this course change, Rewa rapidly weakened, with maximum winds decreased to 55
knots near 21.5S 153.5E by the 18th. Just before reaching Australia, Rewa
abruptly changed course, back toward to the southeast at 0000 GMT on the 19th.
Brisbane, Australia began issuing advisories on Rewa at this time. Rewa
continued southeast, paralleling the coast of Queensland, Australia through-
out the remainder of its tropical lifetime and was last seen at 0000 GMT on
the 22nd near 30S 160E. Rewa's lifespan was long indeed, 26 calendar days,
outlasting 5 other tropical cyclones that came to life during its reign in
the southern hemisphere. Two significant observations were noted during
this week from Rewa. Gannet Cay, Australia on the 19th at 0600 GMT reported
NNW winds sustained at 59 knots and a pressure of 987.4 mb. The best ship
report noted was on the 19th at 1200 GMT from the ship CGJM8. Their winds
were NNE at 33 knots with a pressure of 1007.0 mb.
Tropical Cyclone Sarah (TC-11P): The low that became Sarah can be traced
back to a low that formed along the international date line on the 13th of
January near 11S 176E. This low drifted southeast the succeeding several
days, positioning itself near the dateline on the 16th. This low began to
drift westward and became a gale by the 19th near 17S 170E. Honolulu began
writing advisories on this system as a tropical depression on the 20th...
and then decided it was two tropical depressions 6 hours later! But it was
indeed only one system as it continued chugging westbound. This depression
was upgraded to Sarah on the 22nd when its winds exceeded 35 knots. Guam
also began writing advisories on this system as TC-11P at 0000z on the 22nd
while Sarah was located near 15.0S 163.5E. Sarah continued drifting west-
northwest and rapidly intensified. By the 23rd, Sarah had sustained winds
of 85 knots while located near 14S 161E, and its movement had become nearly
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 for the next several weeks to
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