Massive North Pacific Hurricane-Force Storm

Japanese Himarari – 8 Visual Satellite image

As posted 3 days ago, a large intense storm low is rapidly deepening over the west-central North Pacific and is moving northeastward at 15 knots across the main shipping lanes.  Max surface winds currently are approaching 65 knots  with additional strengthening expected over the next 12-18 hours when max significant wave heights are forecast to reach up to 15 meters (about 50 feet).

NOAA OPC 1800 UTC Satellite Image

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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