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March 22, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Tropical Activity: Pacific and Indian Oceans

As the Atlantic Hurricane Season is still about 9 weeks away, we have to look well to the east for tropical activity where two tropical cyclones are being watched for further development in the Eastern Hemisphere. East of the Philippines, about 1,430 miles east of Manila, Tropical Depression 02W now has sustained winds of 35mph with gusts to 50mph. It should curve out to sea before reaching the Philippines later in the week. Though movement west has been slower than expected, it should strengthen into a strong tropical storm before moving into cooler waters. This is the second North Pacific depression of the 2010 season.

In the Indian Ocean south of the Equator, Tropical Disturbance 90S is about 1,180 miles west of Jakarta, Indonesia. Though development chances are fair, this storm will likely remain a fish storm as its southerly movement will not affect land areas over the coming days. Currently this disturbance is little more than a cluster of thunderstorms.

Gmaps 2.0 can overlay satellite imagery, frontal systems graphics and ImpactWeather frontal system graphics with other weather features, ImpactWeather Global Threat data and more onto the familiar Google Earth map platform. Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps 2.0.



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