Tropical Storm 13W (Kompasu), # 1 FINAL

Noon Saturday, Aug. 20, Japan time: A tropical storm formed overnight east of Japan and it appears as if it will remain off the east coast for its projected very short existence. According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, 13W has peaked at 46-mph sustained winds and 58-mph gusts and is forecast to pass 275 miles northeast of Yokosuka Naval Base at about 11 p.m. Saturday before curving northeast and dissipating. Kompasu is Japanese for a V-shaped device for describing circular arcs -- what we would have called a "compass" in old school math classes in the 1960s and 1970s.

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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.