Friday Update Hurricane North Pacific Storm

Western North Pacific storm developing off Japan 12Z 11 Dec 2015

A rapidly deepening storm low off the coast of Japan Friday will continue to intensify rapidly into a large hurricane force storm as it tracks northeast towards the Bering Sea over the weekend. Max winds are forecast to reach up to 80-85 knots producing significant wave heights to 17 meters (about 56 feet).

This is a dangerous storm that will adversely affecty shipping along the North Pacific northern routes for the next few days.

48hr NOAA OPC Surface forecast 12Z 13 Dec 2015

48hr NOAA OPC Significant wave forecast 12Z 13 Dec 2015

About Fred Pickhardt

I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade after graduating from State University of New York Maritime College. I have extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
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