North Pacific Maritime Weather Outlook

Upper-Level Jet

The upper-level jet continues to be displaced south of 40 N latitude across the western and central North Pacific.

NOAA OPC 500 mb Forecast Chart

Surface Weather

As a result, storm tracks are racing eastward along 35N-40N latitudes until near 160W before turning northeastward.  Frequent gale to storm westerlies can be expected near and southward of the low tracks with the risk for brief periods of hurricane force winds and associated high seas. 

NOAA OPC 48 hour Surface Weather Forecast


As a result, both westbound and eastbound traffic will experience delays, especially westbound traffic from the Panama Canal to Asia.  Westbound traffic from US North west may be able to take advantage of shorter Great Circle routes.


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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