2 p.m. Friday, May 27, Hong Kong time: Joint Typhoon Warning Center downgraded the area of convection south of Hong Kong to medium, canceled the tropical cyclone formation alert and says the disturbance should plow into land late Friday and die out. Guess we'll have to wait for the first numbered tropical cyclone of the season.
2:45 p.m. Thursday, May 26, Hong Kong time: Joint Typhoon Warning Center has issued a tropical cyclone formation alert on a disturbance about 325 miles south of Hong Kong. It could become the first numbered system in the 2016 northwest Pacific tropical cyclone season, which has been relatively quiet until now.
JTWC and the Pacific Tropical Cyclone Centre project Disturbance 90W heading north, with squalls and showers forecast for Hong Kong and Macau over the next couple of days. PST will keep a sharp lookout.
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Dave Ornauer has been with Stars and Stripes since March 5, 1981. One of his first assignments as a beat reporter in the old Japan News Bureau was “typhoon chaser,” a task which he resumed virtually full time since 2004, the year after his job, as a sports writer-photographer, moved to Okinawa and Ornauer with it.
As a typhoon reporter, Ornauer pores over Web sites managed by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center as well as U.S. government, military and local weather outlets for timely, topical information. Pacific Storm Tracker is designed to take the technical lingo published on those sites and simplify it for the average Stripes reader.