August 5, 2011 – – Tropical Depression Muifa May Spare Shanghai: Tropical Depression Muifa changed course overnight and may spare Shanghai from the worst of the storm. Muifa changed bearing to the East. It will be off the Eastern Coast of China, due East of Shanghai; between August 6th and 7th. However, since the storm will be much further offshore, than previously anticipated, the winds and rain will be less than formerly forecast. Currently, (Aug.5th), Muifa has sustained winds of 50 MPH, with gusts to 62 MPH. It is moving at 9 MPH or 216 miles per day, to the NNW (see map). On August 6th, winds will be 53 and gusts 65 MPH. On August 7th, winds will be 50 and gusts 62. August 8th, winds 37, gusts 47. August 9th, winds 25, gusts 31. August 20th, winds 12, gusts 19.
If Muifa maintains its current course and speed, Shanghai should see winds of 35 to 45 MPH and heavy rains. A side note: The Shanghai SE Composite Stock Index closed down -57.62 or -2.15% and now stands at 2,626.42. Equity (stock) prices, on the major stock indices, have been very erratic today (Friday, August 5th in the U.S.). With less than two hours before the DOW closes, prices are up 112 points on heavy volume. However, the DOW has been up by as much as 172 points, and down by as much as 245 points. Where it closes (at 4PM EDT) is anybody’s guess. Mine is lower!
Back to the weather, Muifa has been very erratic in its storm track. Stay tuned for the latest news on all the Tropical Storms in the Pacific Northwest, and around the world.
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