Tropical Storm Jelawat has swept through mainland Japan, unleashing high winds and heavy rain.
Sunday's landfall on Aichi prefecture, southern Honshu, followed by a day Jelawat's battering of Okinawa, where at least one person died on Saturday, the Straits Times website said.
Tropical Storm Jelawat is over northern Honshu, Japan, at the time of this satellite shot, taken 1800 UTC Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. Far to the south, two new tropical cyclones were in the formative stages. (Japan Meteorological Agency - JMA)
By early Monday morning, local time, the center of the weakening storm was over northern Honshu, near Sendai, aimed back out to sea.
Sunday, Jelawat blasted south-central Honshu with high winds, even hurricane gusts. At Tokyo's waterfront airport, gusts reached 75 mph, data accessed by AccuWeather.com showed.
Farther west, the tropical storm also cut loose with torrential rain. More than 6 inches of rain pelted Tzu.
Saturday's stormy stomp across Okinawa brought sustained winds to 85 mph, and top wind gusts to 115 mph, at Kadena. The regional capital, Naha, clocked gusts of at least 107 mph.
The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!