New Tropical Storm Expected To Bring Guam High Surf

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Lekima, formed near Pohnpei, shouldn’t directly affect Guam

By Dance Aoki

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Oct. 22, 2013) – A tropical depression that formed Sunday near Enewetak atoll, north of Pohnpei, was upgraded to a tropical storm yesterday afternoon.

Tropical Storm Lekima is expected to bring high surf to Guam's eastern shores later this week, but isn't expected to be a threat to the island, officials said yesterday.

Brandon Aydlett, a forecaster for the National Weather Service, said the Japanese Meteorological Agency classified the weather system as a storm before the Weather Service, giving it the name Tropical Storm Lekima.

"Normally, (the storm) would be concerning because it's in a favorable position. On average, storms will continue to the west and turn to the northwest, which would bring it over the Marianas," he said. "(Lekima) will pass well east of the Marianas."

Aydlett said the storm won't have a major effect on Guam's weather.

Aydlett explained that a subtropical ridge, or a belt of high pressure, is weakening, allowing the storm to take a more northerly course.

There is nothing immediate to worry about at this time, Guam Homeland Security and the Office of Civil Defense said yesterday in a press release.

"Because the storm is four days away, we will continue to keep a close eye on it and look for any changes on the predicted forecast," the release stated.

The storm was more than 1,000 miles east of Guam yesterday afternoon and was moving north. It's expected to take a northwest track sometime today and is expected to pass north of the Northern Marianas Islands in four days, according to the Homeland Security press release.

"Although the storm will become a typhoon sometime Tuesday, we don't expect any direct impact to Guam," the release said.

Weakening disturbance

There were two additional tropical weather disturbances yesterday churning in the Western Pacific, but none of them were expected to create hazardous weather conditions for Guam.

Tropical Depression 27 formed Sunday, but the National Weather Service stopped distributing warnings concerning the system.

As forecasters anticipated, that depression dissipated yesterday morning, and weakened further as it traveled north.

Forecasters from the Weather Service expected Tropical Depression 27 to be swallowed up by Typhoon Francisco, which threatened Guam last week, as the bigger storm traveled northward toward Japan.

Typhoon Francisco

Typhoon Francisco will still bring high surf to Guam, but the weather won't be changing significantly, according to Aydlett.

Aside from a few rain showers here and there as a result of the typhoon, the weather won't be very wet in the near future, Aydlett said.

As the typhoon travels farther north, forecasters are expecting it will cool down at its center, losing the warm nature of the tropical cyclone.

Both the weakened depression and Typhoon Francisco are keeping winds blowing southwest.

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