A tropical depression has developed over the Pacific Ocean and will head toward southern Japan over the next couple of days, threatening more rain to a region already impacted by above-normal precipitation this year.
Tropical Depression 11W, will be named Damrey if it reaches tropical storm status. The tropical cyclone is now the second system occupying the western Pacific as Tropical Storm Saola. Saola is set to bring torrential rains to Taiwan as early as Tuesday. Click here for more information on Saola.
While Damrey does not appear to have quite as favorable conditions as Saola, the system is expected to bring significant rainfall to the southern portions of Japan, namely Kyushu, Shikoku and southern Honshu during the midweek time frame.
Much of Japan has had above-normal rainfall over the past couple of months. Recently, however, Japan has been experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures reaching into the 90s (32-36 C) over the past couple of days. While the rain is not necessarily needed, it will provide lower temperatures for the region, at least for a few days.
The western Pacific will likely remain active over the coming weeks, as low levels of shear and warm ocean temperatures will continue to encourage tropical development. In fact, the models develop the next potential tropical cyclone next week, and early guidance suggests the system will track across some portion of Japan such as Honshu or the Ryukyu Islands.
Locally gusty thunderstorms will erupt over the Upper Midwest and sweep through the swath from Chicago to Detroit on Saturday. The storms may threaten football games.
A surge of warmth will quickly be erased as thunderstorms and a cold front sweep through the Northeast on Sunday.
The body of a missing Austin, Texas sheriff's deputy was found in a lake Friday afternoon, The Associated Press reports.
Tropical Storm Fung-wong will continue to inundate the Philippines before taking aim at Taiwan and Japan.
Hurricane Odile slammed into Baja California, Mexico earlier this week, bringing life-threatening impacts as a Category 3 hurricane.
As impact from Odile continues over the Southwest and Texas this weekend, the system will be remembered for both flooding and drought-busting rain.
Central U.S. (1991)
Very early cold snap..... Location Temp Record Peoria, Ill. 32 33/1918 Burlington, Iowa 32 35/1918 Chicago, Ill. 36 38/1956 Indianapolis, Ind. 36 37/1956 Waterloo, Iowa 27 31/1971
Denver, CO ()
4-9" of heavy wet snow fell, downing tree limbs and causing power outages.
Rangely, CO ()
Large hail (some 4" in diameter) caused $ million in damages to cars, trucks, and buildings.