2006-09-20 08:00 JST
Typhoon SHANSHAN has weakened significantly, but it made landfall again near Ishikari City, Hokkaido, around 6:00 JST, and the maximum wind of 15m/s is observed in Hokkaido.
2006-09-19 08:45 JST
Typhoon SHANSHAN is still alive in Japan Sea. This typhoon is now in a weakening process, and the speed is slow, so this typhoon will not cause extensive disasters like that caused by Typhoon 200418, two years ago.
2006-09-17 21:45 JST
Typhoon SHANSHAN made landfall near Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, after 18 JST and passed through Kyushu to the sea after 20 JST. Disasters were reported in Kyushu due to tornado and heavy rain. The most severe rains and winds will move to Chugoku Region from now.
2006-09-17 12:15 JST
Typhoon SHANSHAN has strong winds especially near the center, as suggested by the observation data obtained yesterday when the typhoon passed through Sakishima Islands. This means the point of landfall and places near the point needs special preparation for the typhoon. Kagoshima prefecture now enters the area of 50-kt winds. The structure of the typhoon center might be inferred by the meteorological observation at Kusakaki Shima Lighthouse (Kushikino Coast Guard Office) located at Kusakaki Islets in East China Sea. Combining Google Earth typhoon information with the KML file of Kusakaki Shima Lighthouse, you can roughly see the correspondence between distance to the center and weather conditions. (P.S.) I added the places into the KML file of lighthouses, adding Kusakaki Shima Lighthouse at Kusakaki Island, Kusakgaki Islets, Ite Saki Lighthouse at Kamikoshiki Island, Koshikijima Islands, (Kushikino Coast Guard Office), Me Shima Lighthouse at Me Shima, Danjyo Islets, and Oosezaki Lighthouse at Fukue Shima, Goto Islands (Nagasaki Coast Guard Office). Please use this file.
2006-09-16 22:15 JST
Typhoon SHANSHAN is likely to draw near to Kyushu. This is going to be one of the strongest typhoon that passed near Kyushu in these tens of years, so I provide here the comparison of typhoon tracks with similar strong typhoons in order to assist preparation remembering the situation of the past.
2006-09-16 08:30 JST
Typhoon SHANSHAN has just passed between Ishigaki Island and Iriomote Island. According to Japan Meteorological Agency, the maximum gust of 69.9m/s was recorded in Iriomote at 04:22 JST (which is the largest since the start of observation in 1972), and 67.0m/s in Ishigaki at 07:19 JST (the maximum wind is 48.2m/s at 06:50 JST). The AMeDAS current observation data also recorded the maximum wind of 40+ m/s for several hours in Ishigaki, so this indicates that this typhoon has very strong winds near the center. The amount of rainfall is also increasing, recording more than 50mm/h of rain. By the way, in order to explain how strong the maximum wind of 40+ m/s at Ishigaki Island is, let us look at the AMeDAS 30-years historical data of nearly 900 wind stations over Japan, and it revealed that only 8 stations out of 900 stations have ever observed wind of this speed. This means most of the people have never experienced such a strong wind. The wind of about 40m/s has been blowing for five hours at Ishigaki Island.
2006-09-15 22:30 JST
Typhoon SHANSHAN still keeps deepening just before striking Sakishima Islands, and the central pressure dropped as low as 930hPa. Using Search by Place (Lat / Lon), you can search strong typhoons in the past that passed near Ishigaki Island with a comparable intensity with this typhoon. The following is the list of recent typhoons.
2006-09-15 08:00 JST
Typhoon SHANSHAN made a recurvature to northward last night exactly as predicted. The intensity has also recovered, and now the eye is vaguely visible. The forecast track extends between Yonaguni Island and Ishigaki Island, so the weather in Sakishima Islands will be a rage by the direct hit of the typhoon. Taiwan will also be affected by the approach ofthe typhoon.
2006-09-14 19:15 JST
Typhoon SHANSHAN is getting slower and slower for these hours. In comparison to the current track forecast, it seems that the typhoon has finally arrived at the point of recurvature from westward to northward. The forecast indicates a track that may affect the whole of Japan, from Sakishima Islands up to Okinawa, Kyushu, and other places.
2006-09-13 08:30 JST
Typhoon SHANSHAN is getting more likely to approach Okinawa. Its rapid intensification has been stopped for a moment, but it keeps its strong intensity.
2006-09-10 22:15 JST
Typhoon SHANSHAN was formed in east of Phillipines. This is still small but the clouds seem to be gathered near the center. It is forecast to move in south of Okinawa.
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