Typhoon likely forming over Pacific, 17th this year

The Central Weather Bureau said Wednesday that a tropical storm has formed over waters close to Guam, and is likely to develop into a typhoon this weekend.

If so, it will be the 17th typhoon to form in the Pacific this year, and will be named Megi, the bureau said.

The weather bureau observed that the tropical storm formed to the east of Guam at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The storm was 3,500 kilometers from Taiwan as of press time.

The storm will not affect Taiwan's weather this week, the bureau forecast.

Forecaster Hsu Chung-yi (???) said the storm could possibly develop into a typhoon on Friday or Saturday, and then move in a northwesterly direction along the southern edge of a Pacific high air pressure system.

It will move to the seas near Luzon of the Philippines Sept. 27, and is expected to affect Taiwan Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, Hsu predicted.

Wu Der-rong (???), a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, predicted that the possible typhoon could be a strong one by the time it approaches Taiwan.

He based his prediction on the premise that the heat content of the sea area the tropical storm will pass over in the next few days will be high. Also, the storm will encounter less vertical wind shear due to its being south of a high pressure system, Wu explained.

However, he pointed out that the simulation could be inaccurate over the next six or seven days. It is possible that the storm will move north to pass the sea area north of Taiwan or go south to the Bashi Channel, he said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel