Lull in storm activity ends in Western Pacific Ocean June 30 2015



Over recent weeks, the Western Pacific Ocean has been unusually quiet in terms of storm and typhoon activity. There has been a lull in such activity and generally conditions have been quiet for storm development. However, over the past 2 or 3 days, two storm complexes have developed north of the Earths equator close to the Marshall Islands but 3,000 to 4,000 km east of the Philippines.

A third storm complex has also developed north east of the Soloman Islands although it is presently unlikely to develop much further due to its position and its movement.

One particular storm complex is of interest and appears to be taking shape and or capable of further development. The complex is under watch by CIMSS and satellite imagery. This storm has held its shape for the past 24 hours and winds at the centre have been increasing to be around 25 knots. This storm is south west of the Marshall Islands as shown in the acquired satellite imagery from CIMSS (Dated 30 June 2015). Currently located 9.8 degrees north and 160 degrees east, this system if it moves further west, would move into warmer waters and start to approach the Philippines.

This storm should be watched for possible development. The storm breaks the lull in such activity for the Western Pacific basin. Currently the system does not threaten any land but any movement and development would most likely take it closer to the Philippines. This storm should be watched in coming days to see how it develops.