Typhoon 17W (Sanba), # 9
Published: September 13, 2012
2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, Japan time: Wind parameters pretty much remain the same, except for adjustments of an hour or two here and there in the forecast wind timeline. Okinawa remains in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 4 at the moment; expect that to change Friday morning. Sanba forecast to rumble 40 miles west of Okinawa at 3 p.m. Sunday.
As I suspected, the Yokota at Kubasaki and Kadena at Daegu High football games have been wiped off the boards as a result of Sanba’s approach. Oh, they’d be able to play the games, yes; the teams just couldn’t fly home on Sunday when the weather is forecast to be at its peak. DODDS Pacific doth not like student-athletes to miss class because they’re stranded somewhere by bad weather. Safety and academics are top priorities.
Latest forecast wind timeline courtesy of Kadena Air Base’s 18th Wing Weather Flight:
-- Sustained 35-mph winds or greater, midnight Saturday.
-- Sustained 40-mph winds or greater, 2 a.m. Sunday.
-- Sustained 58-mph winds or greater, 8 a.m. Sunday.
-- Maximum sustained 127-mph winds and 144-mph gusts, 11 a.m. Sunday.
-- Winds diminishing below 58 mph, 9 p.m. Sunday.
-- Winds diminishing below 40 mph, 4 a.m. Monday.
-- Winds diminishing below 35 mph, 6 a.m. Monday.
Every chance that there may not be school on Monday, but be prepared to go just the same. More immediately, my Oki peepz better start making those rounds to the PX, commissary, shoppette, ATM and gasoline stand to be as prepared as possible.
As for Korea … there’s some disparity in the forecast models, but some portion of Korea’s south and/or west coasts should feel the effects of Sanba as a still-dangerous Category 2-equivalent typhoon. Joint Typhoon Warning Center’s current forecast has Sanba slamming ashore around Mokpo around mid-morning Tuesday, packing sustained 98-mph winds and 121-mph gusts.