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Typhoon 14W, # 2

8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, Guam time: Tropical Depression 14W isn’t amounting to much right now, save for 30-mph winds and 40-mph gusts over the sparsely populated Northern Mariana islands. It’s forecast by Joint Typhoon Warning Center to move rapidly north the next few days before gradually dying out well east of Japan. All that could change, as some models depict a closer approach to Japan. PST is keeping an eye on it.

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9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, Guam time: The new tropical depression is moving away from Guam, but will still bring southerly winds of 25 to 30 mph with 40-mph gusts plus heavy rain and possible thunderstorms to Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan as it moves north.

Tropical Depression 14W was 47 miles northeast of Andersen Air Force Base at 3 p.m., moving north at 20 mph. If it remains on its current forecast track, 14W should remain well away from any Japan land masses, peak at 46-mph sustained winds and 58-mph gusts at 4 a.m. Thursday and diminish into a tropical depression at the start of next week.

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3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, Guam time: A new tropical disturbance spawned overnight about 115 miles south-southeast of Guam, and is forecast by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center to morph into a tropical cyclone in the next few days. PST has an eye on it.

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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.