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Credit: SSAI/NASA, Hal Pierce
This rainfall map was created from TRMM satellite data from Sept. 15 to 22, 2011 over and around Japan. It shows a band of very heavy rain stretching northeastward from eastern Kyushu across Shikoku and into southern Honshu from 300 mm (~12 inches, shown in green) to in excess of 550 mm (~22 inches, shown in red). Rainfall of 50 mm/~2 inches appear in light blue, and over 150 mm (~6 inches are shown in blue. )The thin black line is Roke's track, storm symbols mark Roke's 6-hourly positions.) Credit: SSAI/NASA, Hal Pierce
Heavy Rainfall in Japan's Honshu Region
We don't generally monitor tropical storms in the Western North Pacific Ocean during the Atlantic and East Pacific Hurricane Season of June - November but Typhoon Roke warrants mention. Earlier this year Honshu, Japan suffered a series of devastating earthquakes and a tsunami which cancelled cruises, damaged property, injured and killed many people, and put the country at the brink of a major nuclear disaster. Still recovering from that devastation, Honshu found itself in the path of Typhoon Roke which made landfall as a Category 1 Typhoon. It had been as high as a Category 4 Typhoon earlier.
Officials at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, where engineers are still struggling with small radiation leaks due to tsunami damage, said that the typhoon's driving winds and rain caused no immediate problems there other than a broken security camera.
Typhoon Roke came less than three weeks after Typhoon Talas, which, after landfall September 3rd, became the deadliest typhoon to rip through Japan in three decades.
Talas left more than 100 people dead or missing as record rainfall triggered mudslides and flooding in the country's central region, the highest death toll since Typhoon Tip in 1979, when 110 people were killed.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said Roke was smaller than Talas, but its wind strength was more formidable.
A tropical storm in the West Pacific, when it intensifies, becomes a Typhoon. A typhoon is a tropical storm with sustained winds in excess of 119 km/h or approximately 74 mph.
- Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) Tokyo - Typhoon Centre
- Tropical Cyclone Forecast Track
- Hong Kong Observatory (Tropical Cyclone Track)
- WMO Severe Weather Information Centre
- Joint Typhoon Warning Center
- NRL Monterey Marine Meteorology Division (Code 7500) Tropical Cyclone Page
- Tropical RAMSDIS Online (Satellite Images)
- Canadian Hurricane Centre
- Chart Converting Zulu Time to Local Time Example: 301500Z = 11:00 AM EDT on the 30th