This thing just appeared out of nowhere. Yesterday there was no storm, just a long line of disturbed weather in the Western Pacific. Today, a tropical storm coalesced out of the disturbance west of Palau. It poses no threat to Guam or even poor Yap, but I am amazed at how quickly this thing formed and developed into a tropical storm. People in the Philippines better watch out, it’s heading directly for Luzon.
The satellite loop shows lots of feeder band activity in Palau. Weather reports from the Palau airport indicated steady rain, increasing in intensity over the last day. I’m sure it will dwindle off at the storm heads off to the north.
Mainly I am worried that 2004 will be another year for typhoons, and that Guam will be struck again, just like in 2002. I really don’t want to go through that again, I shudder just to think of it.