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Most typhoons forecast to bypass Okinawa this season

Date Posted: 2010-07-08

Okinawans are basking in the good news that this year’s typhoon season is expected to be very slow.

The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory is predicting there will be few, if any, typhoons passing across Okinawa waters, the lowest number in a dozen years. Forecasters, in their summer report, say only one typhoon was spawned in the Northwest Asia region in the first half of the year, compared with an average 4-5 typhoons.

Looking ahead to what is traditionally the heavier typhoon season here, forecasters say they don’t expect much action. Typhoons normally form around the east side of the Philippines, then move forward to Okinawa starting in August. A typical year has 5.5 typhoons in August and roughly 5.1 typhoons in September.

The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory says very weak air currents with circulating convection in the area east of the Philippine have prevented much typhoon activity. Still, meteorologists caution people to remain alert, because it’s still possible typhoons could form this month and beyond.

There’s even more good news from the observatory, which notes rainfall has been significantly higher than in past years, with rain continuing to fall despite the official end to the rainy season. The best news, they point out, is that all of Okinawa’s dams are filled with water to the capacity.

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