TIMED OUT: Tropical Storm 07W (Meari), # 8
1:45 a.m. Saturday, June 25, Japan time: Parameters remain somewhat the same, except Okinawa should experience 58-mph gusts for a bit longer than forecast in our last update. Closest point of approach will be 192 miles west of Kadena Air Base at 10 a.m. Saturday, at which time Meari is forecast to be packing sustained 75-mph winds and 92-mph gusts at its center, according to Joint Typhoon Warning Center and Kadena 18th Wing Weather Flight forecasts.
Updated forecast wind timeline, provided by Kadena’s 18th Wing Weather Flight:
-- Sustained 40-mph winds: Occuring.-- Maximum 58-mph gusts: Between 6 and 3 p.m. Saturday.-- Winds diminishing to 40 mph: By 6 p.m. Saturday.-- Winds diminishing to 35 mph: By 9 p.m. Saturday.-- Winds diminishing to 30 mph: By 10 p.m. Saturday.
It’s been quite blustery and showery already. Between 3 to 5 inches of rain associated with Meari is forecast between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Saturday.
As for U.S. bases in South Korea, Meari’s next destination, the weather outlook remains pretty much the same although Meari is forecast to track a tad further west than our last update indicated:
-- Osan Air Base, Camp Humphreys: Meari’s current JTWC track should take it 68 miles west of Osan/Humphreys at 11 p.m. Sunday. U.S. Forces Korea Web site forecast continues to call for rain with winds between 30 and 40 mph Sunday morning, diminishing to between 22 and 30 mph by afternoon.
-- Yongsan Garrison: JTWC track takes Meari 60 miles west of Yongsan at 1 a.m. Monday. USFK Web site forecast continues to call for rain showers with winds gusting to 23 mph in the morning, increasing to between 23 and 29 mph sustained and 40-mph gusts in the afternoon and evening.
-- Kunsan Air Base: JTWC track takes Meari 66 miles west of Kunsan at 7 p.m. Sunday. USFK Web site forecast continues to call for mostly cloudy skies with rainshowers and winds gusting to 23 mph by afternoon.
Most everywhere else can expect cloudy skies with rain showers and isolate thunderstorms.