Tropical Storm Linfa

We have a tropical storm heading our way.  This storm isn’t typhoon strength yet but the danger that this storm poses is it’s track, which is supposed to take it into the Taiwan Straight where it will travel up our west coast.

Forecast Outlook: LINFA is now expected to move North to NNE for the next 2 days and shall no longer enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). The 5-day Long-Range Forecast shows LINFA reaching its peak winds of just 110 kph before entering the Strait of Taiwan early tomorrow morning. It shall cross Taiwan Strait affecting the coastal areas of SE China and NW & Northern Taiwan on Sunday afternoon, June 21 until early morning Monday, June 22. It shall then dissipate and accelerate NE to ENE on June 22 until June 24, passing north of Okinawa, & transforming into an Extratropical Cyclone while passing to the south of Southern Japan.

Normally storms come in from the Pacific and strike our east coast, where the mountains scrub them down to managable wind speeds and moisture content.  When a storm comes into the Taiwan Straight however, there is no protection to the populous west coast.

I will update this post with more information as it becomes available.  In the meantime, please see Bushman’s Typhoon Blog for regular updates.

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  3. M J and Hui-chen : buckle down the hatch real tight , and take care to be prepared, years ago when I was first married and living in Florida, I went thru hurricane, Hazel and Donna and believe you me that was quite a scare , get a few cans of Beenie Weenies and a few of Spam and a couple loves of bread and you will be set “oh ya” don’t forget the RC Cola a couple packets of Tom’s peanut butter” n” cheese crackers and a dozen or so Moon Pies ( explain these things to Hui-chen) I know you know all about these things having lived in the South for a while . ha ha
    I can only imanage what a typhoon is like . Hope it goes away before it gets to your neck of the woods , keep us posted and me and Ciejay will say a Big prayer for you ,I hate it when people say “we will say a little prayer for you” , I like them Big ones , ha ha . Malcolm
    .-= Malcolm´s last blog ..A MAN’S HOME IS HIS CASTLE =-.

    1. Malcolm, we dodged the bullet. a fair amount of wind and rain and that was all. the typhoon drifted towards China and away from us, thankfully. i grew up in St. Pete and i was a kid when hurricane Donna scored a direct hit on our city. like most houses we had a hurricane drawer full of stuff like candles, lighters and matches to be used during power outages. that brings back some memories for sure! thanks Malcolm.

    2. Malcolm Says:
      I can only imanage what a typhoon is like.

      Well since you said you lived in Florida (don’t know if you are still there or not)… but if you know what a hurricane is like… then you know what a typhoon is like.

      Just like with the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific… The Western Pacific (SouthEast Asia area), Indian Ocean, and Austraiia have Tropical Storms or Tropical Cyclones. These are storms with 10-minute sustained winds of 39 to 73mph (63 to 117kph). Once a storm reaches sustained winds of 74mph (119kph)… it becomes a typhoon.

      Now some parts of those area just call any storm with winds stronger then 74mph (119kph) a typhoon. Other parts of those aeas have different levels of “severe” storms… similar to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale that is used in the USA (some areas use the same wind speeds as the Saffir-Simpson scale… some areas use a different scale).

      So… now you know what a typhoon is like.
      .-= mike01905´s last blog ..2009 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Boston =-.

      1. Mike, Malcolm lives in Whang Pho, Thailand these days. his blog is a good read. fortunately not many typhoons manage to threaten Thailand.

        1. Well… I figured a little meteorological tutorial for anyone that doesn’t quite know the difference or similarities between hurricanes and typhoons.

  4. Well… we aren’t quite dealing with a tropical storm or a typhoon/hurricane here… but our weather isn’t going to be all that great here.

    You know what a Nor’easter is. For those that don’t know… its a storm that usually takes place late fall to early sping. They work their way up the east coast of the USA. It brings stong northeast winds off of the Atlantic to coastal areas and can bring 1 to 3 inches (25mm to 75mm) of rain (and in the winter, could bring 1 to 3 feet (30cm to 90cm) of snow).

    Well right now there is a summer Nor’easter “parked” just to the southeast of Cabp Cod. It started to give up rain late in the day Sunday and will continue to give us off and on rain until Wednesday.

    However… they are saying it should clear and be sunny starting on Thursday… just in time for the Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party. It is looking as if I’ll be going to this on Friday… and maybe again on Sunday (need a day off in between). When I post pics on my Flickr page of it… I’ll have to make sure I give my shamless plug 🙂
    .-= mike01905´s last blog ..2009 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Boston =-.

  5. Well… here is what the current and extended weather forecast is for Wednesday thru Sunday (Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party is Friday thru Sunday)…

    Showers likely with areas of drizzle in the morning…then showers likely in the afternoon. Patchy fog. Highs in the mid 60s (18c). Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph (8 to 16kph). Chance of rain 60 percent

    Mostly cloudy in the morning…then becoming partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 70s (24c). North winds around 5 mph (8kph)…becoming southeast in the afternoon.

    Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s (28c). chance of rain 40 percent.

    Mostly sunny. Highs around 80 (26c).

    Partly sunny. A chance of showers in the afternoon. highs in the lower 80s (28c). Chance of rain 30 percent.

    Now the “chance of shows and thunderstorms” is because they are expecing the humidity to go up… and you know how they call for a chance of popup showers and/or thunderstorms when it gets humid (not all areas will get a shower or thunderstorm).
    .-= mike01905´s last blog ..2009 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Boston =-.

    1. Mike, looks like Saturday is your day to hit the BBQ Beach Party. hope the mostly sunny turns out to be correct! was that Harvey Leonard’s forecast?

      1. No…. I don’t really watch WCVB’s news/weather (he left Ch 7 for Ch 5 a couple of years ago).

        This forecest (and the animated satellite pics that I e-mailed to you) are from from a service that I subscribe to called WeatherTap (

        I have access to weather info from all of the automated weather systems that are at airports (both major and smaller municiple), GOES satelllite images, up to the minute high-resoluztion NEXRAD Doppler images from ALL of the NOAA NEXRAD Dopplers radars throughout the USA, and so on. Unfortunately is a USA-only service.

        I’ll e-mail you some screen captures of some of the info that I get on this service.

        Weather Underground is OK. Its good to get weather info for just about anyplace around the world. If you know where to look… you can find info from my weather station on there (they list ham radio APRS weather info on there).
        .-= mike01905´s last blog ..2009 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Boston =-.

          1. Yes… still have my Oregon Scientific WMR-918 wireless weather stations. Info from my weather station is set out once every 5 miinutes.

            It can be found on…


            and it can also be found on WeatherUnderground (can’t post a link to that because of how WeatherUnderground do things).

            As of Thursday morning… sun is starting to come out in the Worcestor area. There are a few breaks of sun along the coast (currently have fog). Fog should burn off over the course of the morning and the sun should be hout here late morning.
            .-= mike01905´s last blog ..2009 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Boston =-.

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