Tropical Storm BOPHA update 12:00 noon on November 29, 2012


Tropical Storm BOPHA is still moving extremely south (only 4.4° north). GDACS (The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) has issued an orange alert for Palau at 08:00 AM this morning.

If Tropical Storm BOPHA continues at current speed and current direction it will make landfall around 07:00 AM on December 5, 2012. See also our storm data below. We shall be tracking this storm in the next days.


The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) still forecasts a very southern track with destination Mindanao.


The multi-agency forecast has narrowed and points now to northern Mindanao and Samar.

Storm data:

Name (INTL. / local): BOPHA
Class: Tropical Storm
Time/Date of observation: 05:00 AM on November 29, 2012
Location of Center: 4.4º North 150.5º East
Moving Direction and Speed: WSW @ 19 km/h = 11.8 mph
Moving towards: Yap Palau Area
Distance from the Philippines: 2,662 km from Mindanao
Estimated Date / Time of Landfall: ~ 07:00 AM on December 5, 2012
Max. Wind Speed near Center: 100 km/h = 62 mph
Peak Wind Gusts: 130 km/h = 81 mph
Minimum Central Pressure: 982 hPa
Diameter: 555 km =345 mi
24h Rainfall near Center: 350 mm = 13.7 in
Max. Wave Height: 5.5 m = 18 ft
Here you find how to read and understand this data Link

 PAGASA warnings and signals:

Signal 1
30-60 km/h 
Signal 2
60-100 km/h 
Signal 3
100-185 km/h 
Signal 4
above 185 km/h 
n/a n/a n/a n/a
Here you find you find more information about the storm warning signals Link

 Current weather is here Link

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