August 5, 2011 – – Tropical Storm Merbok is Not Expected to Threaten Land: Tropical Storm Merbok is located approximately 920 miles Northwest of Wake Island (see map), and is not expected to threaten land. Currently (Aug. 5th), Merbok has sustained winds of 34 and gusts to 43 MPH. August 6th should see winds of 40 and gusts of 50. August 7th winds 43, gusts 53. August 8th winds 37, gusts 47. August 9th winds 31, gusts 40. August 10th, winds 25, gusts 31.
If Merboks current course and speed are maintained, no land areas are threatened. However, if it veers to the Northwest, it could threaten the northern portion of Japan or far Eastern Russia (see map).
Here is a short note on classifying weather disturbances. Once a group of thunder storms comes together, and has sustained winds from 23 to 38 MPH (20 – 34 knots), it is called a Tropical Storm. When sustained winds increase to 39 to 73 MPH (35 – 64 knots), it’s a Tropical Depression. In excess of 73 MPH (64 knots), it’s called a Hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean and Eastern Pacific Ocean, a Typhoon in the Western and Northwestern Pacific and a Cyclone in the Southwestern Pacific. Using this classification system, Muifa is a Tropical Depression, and Merbok is a Tropical Storm. However, from August 6th to the 8th, Merbok strengthens to a Tropical Depression (see map for color coding).
Switching subjects to stocks, after a very volatile day on Wall Street, the DOW finished +60, NASDAQ -24 and S&P 500 -1. The DOW was down 264 points at Noon EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).
Stay tuned for the latest significant news on all current weather disturbances, equity prices, earthquakes, volcanoes and other subjects.
The Master of Disaster