12:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, Japan time: Well, that didn't last long. Tropical Depression 03W is dying out quickly; didn't even hang around long enough to acquire a name (it would have been called Lupit, as the next tropical cyclone will be). Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued its second and final bulletin on 03W late last evening. Kadena Air Base's forecasts scattered and isolated showers and thunderstorms over the next two days, 10-mph sustained winds and gusts up to 17 mph. But that should be about it. Unless something changes, consider this PST's last missive on 03W.6 p.m. Sunday, July 17, Japan time: The bad news: The third numbered tropical cyclone of the northwest Pacific's season has formed, a tropical depression 450 miles south-southeast of Okinawa and tracking north-northwest at 9 mph. The good news (if there is such a thing regarding tropical cyclones): 03W is forecast to remain a middling to weak tropical depression. Its forecast track has it knifing between Okinawa and Miyako, passing 166 miles southwest of Kadena Air Base at mid-afternoon Monday, packing sustained 23-mph winds and 35-mph gusts as it rolls past. PST has an eye on it, in case it generates into something bigger and more powerful.2:45 p.m. Sunday, July 17, Japan time: A tropical cyclone formation alert has been issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center on a disturbance some 500 miles south-southeast of Kadena Air Base on Okinawa. Right now, models show it headed northwest and becoming and briefly remaining naught more than a tropical depression before dissipating. These things can change, though. PST has an eye on it.

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