Keeping watch on tropical disturbance northeast of Darwin

4:30 p.m. Saturday, Australia Central Standard Time: Marine Rotational Force Darwin on Australia’s northwest coast could be in for some rough weather in the next few days.

According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, a disturbance named 96S Invest was located about 300 miles northeast of Darwin. Heavy precipitation was present in the northwest part of the system. Forecast models depict 96S to move southwest toward Darwin, with intensification likely, JTWC reports.
Models show 96S skimming the northwest coast of Australia over the next four to five days.

JTWC rates the chances of 96S developing into a tropical cyclone within the next day or so as “medium.” PST will keep watch on the disturbance.

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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.