Cold Front Crossing Bermuda; Super Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) Update


Showers associated with a weak cold front approaching Bermuda as seen on Bermuda Weather Service Radar Imagery, December 6th 2012 at 2:13pm local time.
Showers associated with a weak cold front approaching Bermuda as seen on Bermuda Weather Service Radar Imagery, December 6th 2012 at 2:13pm local time.

Just after 2pm Bermuda time, a weak cold front moving southwards crossed the Island bringing scattered showers, a wind shift from the west to the northwest, and gusty winds. Temperatures dropped into the mid-60s this afternoon and only a few, mainly light, showers have cleared the area. This front may return northwards later in the weekend as a warm front bringing further, mainly light, showers. Winds are only expected to be strong enough to prompt a Small Craft Warning from this frontal system for a brief period. Expect cooler than average weather for the next few days until the front returns northwards in two to three days.

Map of Bopha/Pablo's Track across Palau and the Southern Philippines into the South China Sea.
Map of Bopha/Pablo’s Track across Palau and the Southern Philippines (right to left) into the South China Sea. Equivalent Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale Categories are shown.

Super Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) has turned more deadly. Although initial hopes were that its relatively quick forward pace would reduce the risk of flash flooding and mudslides, this was not enough to keep them from happening at all. The combination of flash flooding, storm surge flooding, and destructive winds from the Super Typhoon have killed more than 350 people in the southern Philippines, and caused extensive to catastrophic damage there and in Palau; areas that rarely see powerful organized tropical cyclones because of their proximity to the equator.

The Typhoon has since moved into the South China sea and weakened to tropical storm strength. Despite a significant increase in convection near the center of Bopha, and apparent organization of the storm – the latest Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast does not indicate strengthening, in fact, they believe Bopha will continue to drift in the South China Sea until it dissipates. The official Japanese Meteorological Agency forecast shows a similar solution. These forecasts may change and this deadly storm should continue to be monitored for future impacts.

See:
Wunderground Blog Post
BBC News Article

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