Tropical Storm 08W, to be known as Ma-on, will strengthen to a serious typhoon over the western Pacific Ocean by the end of the week.
Tuesday morning, EDT, the center of Tropical Storm 08W was located more than 700 miles northeast of Guam, tracking westward between 10 and 15 mph, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).
Tropical Storm 08W (Ma-on) far southeast of Japan on July 12, 2011 (Japan Meteorological Agency image)
Ma-on, still a minimal tropical storm with 40-mph highest winds, will intensify significantly through the coming weekend, culminating in a strong typhoon over the northern Philippines Sea well south of mainland Japan.
Only small, sparsely settled islands would feel the direct effects of this storm before the end of the week. However, it could veer northward to strike southwestern Japan and southern Korea with flooding rain and destructive winds early next week.
There were storms along the flight path, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.
While lacking across a large part of the United States on Christmas Day, arctic air is set to make a comeback during the final days of 2014.
Ski areas will welcome the fresh power that will blanket mountains from the Alps and Apennines into the Balkans.
A storm will spread rain and disruptive snow across southeast Europe into Monday.
As snow winds down over the Central states during the weekend between Christmas and New Year's Day, a new storm will ramp up over the Northwest and will lead to travel disruptions.
There is the risk of flooding from Louisiana to Alabama this weekend, while rain may lead to travel delays in a large part of the South and spotty rain and snow reach the Northeast.
Coldest December morning in Iowa: 104 stations averaged -24.6 degrees.
Port Scott, KS (1954)
26" of snow, greatest 24 hour.
Gulf Coast (1982)
End of 4 days (25th-28th) of heavy rain (as much as 20" in some areas). Flooding from Beaumont, TX to Lake Charles, LA.