Tropical cyclone formation alert; new system brewing east of Iwo
Published: August 2, 2012
8:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, Japan time: Just as we're getting Typhoon Damrey and Tropical Storm Saola out of our hair, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center this morning issued a tropical cyclone formation alert on a new system developing east of Iwo Jima.
Initial forecasts call for the system to track toward Okinawa. Kadena Air Base 18th Wing Weather Flight officials said computer-generated dynamic aids are not yet in agreement on which way the thing will track, and will keep a sharp eye on it, as will PST. Stay tuned.
At the time the formation alert was issued, the new system was 265 miles east-southeast of Iwo Jima, moving west-northwest at 8 mph. Should the new disturbance head in Okinawa's direction, 18th Wing Weather Flight officials said it could visit Okinawa's neck on the woods Monday or Tuesday.