Monster North Pacific Storm starting to weaken

NOAA OPC Surface Analysis 18UTC 14 January 2016

The dangerous storm moving across the central North Pacific peaked today at about 12UTC with a minimum pressure of 940MB with winds of 65-90 knots and seas 11.5-18 meters (38-60 feet) between 120NM and 240NM south and southwest of the center.  By 18UTC the central pressure had filled a bit to 944MB and continued gradual weakening is forecast as it move northeastward over the next 24 hours into the eastern North Pacific.  This system may be close to a record for wind speed for a non-tropical system near 40N latitude.

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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