Weather Resources Japan

These weather sites have been collected by our members as we monitor both weather conditions and incoming tropical storms. 

RSOE Worldwide Alert Map
Historical Weather Data Fukushima Japan

Live webcams in various cities in Japan. These are useful when tracking incoming typhoons or other weather events by a selected area. http://www.goandroam.com/webcams/japan/

Tropical Cyclone Information, Japan Meteorological Agency
http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/

Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)
Operated by the U.S. Navy, coverage includesNorthwest Pacific/North Indian Ocean
http://www.usno.navy.mil/JTWC/

General weather, wind patterns, weather predictions (models).
By: Lightning….Lee( Aka @Thunder-scribble)

First this place, they monitor Typhoons and have historical data and tracks-
http://agora.ex.nii.ac.jp/digital-typhoon/
They are also monitoring and predicting (with computer modeling) the wind patterns around the Fukushima plant.
Simple version(Tiled-10m height only);
http://agora.ex.nii.ac.jp/earthquake/201103-eastjapan/weather/gpv/wind/
Advanced version (Marker-variable height 10m-16,000m);
http://agora.ex.nii.ac.jp/earthquake/201103-eastjapan/weather/gpv/wind/marker/
allows user to change to different Atmospheric levels(10m-16,000m) to see what is going on up higher with the wind.
Real-time monitoring located here;
http://agora.ex.nii.ac.jp/digital-typhoon/ameras/wind-maps/?37.421389,141.033611,8
These guys also have some good information on Typhoons from the past and will no doubt become very handy in the future. The links already posted here are also a good start (Jap MET & JTWC).

Modeling(weather prediction);
A good resource can be found here:-
http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=en&MENU=0000000000&CONT=soas&MODELL=gfs&MODELLTYP=1&BASE=-&VAR=pslv&HH=168&ARCHIV=0&PANEL=0&ZOOM=0&PERIOD=
It has a few different models available but [extreme caution] should be used when looking at models! In meteorology computer models can be used to predict things, computer models vary with their accuracy and most are [never completely right], especially on a “single run” but “ensembles” can be a very useful indicator, ensembles are created when they combine the last several runs into one median result. Another feature that is useful here too is located on the side panel “Parameter”(information available varies between models)different things like upper level winds and the like can be displayed and looking at the Zero hour picture conditions at the time can be assumed to be current.
Still on this site but about Fukushima,
http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/weather/news/fukushima
They are currently running a dedicated Fukushima page, it has an absolute multitude of information on it! It has models for dispersion (ZAMG,HYSPLIT,EURAD and FlEXPART), it contains links to TEPCO webcam, has Radiation doses for Tokyo and a list/map of testing stations, Current weather and also has in a little picture link at the bottom, the streamline winds earlier mentioned are right there at a click of a button as well as a satellite image link also. It also has further information located in the “More information” tab.
(Note: I am tragic at Meteorology, I can’t predict things well and I can’t read conditions much better but I am always open to questions, if I can’t answer them I may be able to take them to people who can answer them.)

Fukushima prefecture specific.

AMeDAS real time(Select station of interest)

Wind- http://agora.ex.nii.ac.jp/digital-typhoon/ameras/wind-maps/

Rain- http://agora.ex.nii.ac.jp/digital-typhoon/ameras/google-maps/

Closest 4 stations to Fukushima NPP

NAMIE- http://agora.ex.nii.ac.jp/digital-typhoon/ameras/36411/

KAWAUCHI- http://agora.ex.nii.ac.jp/digital-typhoon/ameras/36501/

IITATE- http://agora.ex.nii.ac.jp/digital-typhoon/ameras/36221/

SOMA- http://agora.ex.nii.ac.jp/digital-typhoon/ameras/36151/

JMA

Warnings/Advisories- http://www.jma.go.jp/en/warn/313_table.html

Rain- http://www.jma.go.jp/en/amedas/205.html?elementCode=0

Wind- http://www.jma.go.jp/en/amedas/205.html?elementCode=1

(Note on JMA, they are just a recreation of the AMeDAS real time data)

(Note on wind statistics, the figures shown on maps indicate the sustained wind force NOT the absolute maximum gust, different met agencies use different sustain periods to separate winds and gusts, I am unsure on the duration JMA use, selecting a station can show both its wind and max gust)

Weather.co.uk

Fukushima disaster related page- http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/weather/news/fukushima

They are currently running a dedicated Fukushima page, it has an absolute multitude of information on it! It has models for dispersion (ZAMG,HYSPLIT,EURAD and FlEXPART), it contains links to TEPCO webcam, has Radiation doses for Tokyo and a list/map of testing stations, Current weather and also has in a little picture link at the bottom, the streamline winds earlier mentioned are right there at a click of a button as well as a satellite image link also. It also has further information located in the “More information” tab

TYPHOON and weather monitoring/prediction/forecast.

Links for multiple information sites, contains large amounts of data and links as well as monitoring.(Best resource for weather novices)

Wunderground, good site for everything, contains a multitude of links for information from sst’s to satellite images.
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/?MR=1

Crown weather service, monitors constantly with embedded information from a great deal of sources including CMISS products, NOAA products and other similar analysis sites.
http://www.crownweather.com/?page_id=3413

Tropical storm risk, provides tracking and analysis as well as seasonal predictions.
http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/

Wikipedia, basic monitoring and analysis, contains list of regional forecasts and season forecasts from different agencies/groups.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Pacific_typhoon_season

Monitoring/predeiction…
NOAA two week basic assessment and prediction.
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/ghazards/index.php

Tropical Strom Risk assessment of the 2011 season. Contains storm tracker at home page.
http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/docs/TSRNWPForecastMar2011.pdf

NCEP/EMC Cyclogenesis Tracking Page-Grid data of possible cyclogenesis as predicted by modeling.
http://www.emc.ncep.noaa.gov/gmb/tpm/emchurr/tcgen/

Satellite products.
NOAA all latest products list.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/satellite.shtml

NOAA Satelite for the NrthWestern Pacific-
IR( AVN)-http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/mtsat/nwpac/flash-avn.html
IR(Rainbow)- http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/mtsat/nwpac/flash-rb.html
IR(RGB)- http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/mtsat/nwpac/flash-rgb.html
Vis-http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/mtsat/nwpac/vis-l.jpg
Water vapor-http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/mtsat/nwpac/flash-wv.html

Other monitoring/prediction products

CMISS all western pacific products. Shear, vorticity, steering, wind ect! Used to analyze a cyclone/typhoon/hurricanes environment and current and future movements, intensity, landfall.
http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/real-time/windgridmain.php?&basin=westpac&sat=wgms

SSt’s. Sea surface temperatures, typhoons need warn water for development and continued strengthening.
http://www.ssmi.com/hurricane/active_storms_sst.nwp.html

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