Typhoon Threat to Honshu Japan

Satellite image TD 15W developing over the western North Pacific

A developing Tropical Depression (15W) located about 376 nm southwest of Iwo To, Japan was moving northward at 9 knots with max winds currently about 30 knots but likey close to tropical storm strength. Slow development is anticipated for the next 24-36 hours, after which conditions become more favorable with typhoon strength likely in about 48 hours.

A north to northeast motion is forecast for the next 48 hours then a turn towards the north and northwest is anticipated which could bring the center over Honshu Japan near Tokyo about 0000 UTC July 29th  with winds to 80-85 knots.

JTWC forecast track for TD 15W

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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