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Active Summer Typhoon Season Predicted For Pacific Islands

El Niño Could Impact Philippines, Japan, Taiwan And China

Summer Pacific Typhoon Predictions 2015


A more active typhoon season than usual is expected for Pacific islands, including the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan and perhaps mainland China.

The reason is an El Niño condition that AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said “is forecast to strengthen over the summer.”

How strong El Niño becomes along with other anticipated factors will determine the severity of impacts on the weather across southern and eastern Asia. El Niño conditions usually lead to an above-average number of typhoons and super typhoons.

AccuWeather is estimating the number of tropical storms to be 29, three more than the normal of 26, with 17 typhoons (16 is the norm) and 17 super typhoons. The normal number of the latter is four.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani, “In addition to El Niño, we have warmer-than-average waters extending well north and west of the tropics in the Pacific, which will create lower atmospheric pressure and a favorable environment for tropical system formation.”

“In addition to the higher-than-average number of typhoons expected, we also anticipate more long-tracking typhoons, which will have a greater chance of being strong and impacting multiple land areas along their path,” Sagliani said.

Some of the typhoons will turn east of the Philippines and Japan.

However, because of the large amount of systems expected, a number of them could bring significant impact to the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan and perhaps mainland China, which involves the remnants of a tropical system causing major flooding.

Hurricane Ana To Miss Hawaii But Drench Honolulu And Maui

Tourists Better Take Their Mai Tais Inside For Shelter

Hurricane Ana Hawaiian Islands
As this AccuWeather graphic shows, Ana will bring rain to the Hawaiian Islands.

If you’re vacationing in Hawaii the good news is that Hurricane Ana will bypass the islands.

The bad news is that you won’t be going back home with a suntan.

The weather forecast for Honolulu and Maui is for heavy rains and not just through the weekend. Honolulu is expected to be drenched for at least a week. Maui will get a break with some sunshine on Tuesday and Wednesday but the clouds return on Thursday.

As for Ana, the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center expects an area of high pressure will prevent the hurricane from hitting any of the Hawaiian islands.

Therefore the strongest and most destructive winds will be offshore. So there goes your chances for that romantic sunset cruise in Kanapali, Maui, or taking one of the booze cruises in Waikiki Beach.

The impacts of Ana’s presences in the area will spread across Hawaii in an east-to-west fashion late Friday through Sunday.

The Big Island, mainly southern areas, and Kauai are at greatest risk of experiencing flooding rainfall and tropical storm-force winds. Such winds could cause tree damage and power outages, while isolated mudslides may result.

Based on Ana’s current forecast path, downpours and winds of 40 mph could graze the other islands. Localized flash flooding and power outages would result, including in Honolulu and Hilo.

Rough and dangerous surf will develop throughout the islands.

So you’re going to have to enjoy your Mai Tais and other rum drinks from inside the bar rather than on the lanai.

Southern California Experiencing A Bit Of Southern Humidity

Hot Weather Is Like Florida Beaches

Hermosa Beach Pier
The Hermosa Beach Pier on a sunny Southern California day.

I just love it when Californian says “it’s HOT!”

Sure, it may be warm and even toasty, but if you want HOT, then go to the South sometime.

That’s where you have not just heat but humidity. Where 80 degrees seems like 100. In a sauna.  In California, humidity is as rare a lunar eclipse.

So whenever there is a bit of humidity – as is the case this early September day in Southern California – I feel like jumping up and saying, “folks now THIS is what I’m talking about, understand!?”

When it comes to the weather, Californians are so spoiled they complain about anything that’s not 75, sunny and with a slight, cooling breeze. They complain that it’s too hot. They complain that it’s “freezing.” The complain if it’s too windy, or not breezy enough.

And the funny thing about it is that 90% of those people came from somewhere else. And of course I’m referring to myself here, as well. I do it and I admit it.

I just happen to remember what that heat and humidity is like in the South. Days like today means we’re having a bit of  Florida in Southern California, even here at the beaches.



4th Of July Weekend Weather At USA Beaches

Sunny In Southern California And Hawaii; Rain & Thunderstorms In Florida & East Coast

Hermosa Beach Strand 4th of July
The Hermosa Beach Strand on the 4th of July is a place to celebrate in L.A.

Hermosa Beach, a Southern California Beach City, is fun in the sun on the 4th of July.

If you’re looking for a beach to spend the 4th of July and want spectacular weather, then head to Southern California. From Santa Barbara to San Diego, the skies are sunny and the temperatures range from the upper 70s to low 80s.

That means the weather is ideal for fireworks shows and the big daytime beach parties in Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.

Another great-weather location is Hawaii. There’s barely a could in the sky over Waikiki Beach and the mid-80s temperatures are tempting to take a dip in those slow-rolling waves. Maui is a little less welcoming with the weather, and you may be greeted by rain upon arrival. But Thursday through the weekend the sun returns with temperatures hovering at around 80.

Just about anywhere else you go in the USA, you’re going to get wet. The next-best chance for sunshine is Texas, where San Padre Island serves it up everyday except Saturday, when rain is expected.

Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, in fact, are soaked with showers. Key West has mostly sunny weather on Wednesday and Thursday bracketed by rain. The temperature each day is 90. This holds all the way up the eastern coast of the state, as Daytona Beach has not one day of sunshine predicted through next Monday.  On Florida’s west coast, the weather is warm but thundershowers are soaking Siesta Key, St. Pete and Tampa Bay.

Up the East Coast, there’s rain all week in Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Outer Banks of North Carolina have thunderstorms on the 4th but full sunshine on the 5th with mostly sunny conditions on the 6th.

Ocean City, Md., a popular summer spot, has rain on the the 3rd and 4th but sunshine on the 5th and 6th, as well.

This is exactly the conditions in Cape Cod and Long Island.

In New Jersey, the best Seaside Heights can offer is partly sunny on Sunday and Monday.

The fun yachting city of Newport, R.I., has sunshine only on Sunday.

New York City, by the way, has thundershowers the 2nd and 3rd, rain on the 4th but sunshine and 81 on the 5th.

Vegas? Well, spend time at the pool parties; it’s going to be 110 degrees on the 4th.


Southern Californians Never Tire Of The Sunshine And Great Weather

Warm And Sunny Is A Great Part Of The Lifestyle

Hermosa Beach Pier
The Hermosa Beach Pier on a sunny Southern California day.

Yesterday was sunny, today is sunny and tomorrow will be sunny.

That’s the way it is in Southern California, the Weather Capitol of the World.’

As I write this, it’s 70 degrees with a slight off-shore breeze and sunny as far as they eyes can see. It’s a great beach day – a perfect beach day, in fact – and the best thing about it is that this is pretty much the way it is every single day.

The Los Angeles area averages 325 days of sunshine a year. Were in it not for a few variations in temperature, you wouldn’t know January from July. April from October.

Some visitors will ask me “do you ever get tired of all this sunshine?”

My answer is always a booming “Heck NO!!!” (Actually, I say. “are you crazy!? We NEVER get tired of the sunshine!”)

How could I possibly get tired of sunshine? It makes all things great. You can get outside and do anything – go for a run, a bike ride, eat on a patio at a restaurant, read a book in a deck chair (or better yet, SurfsideSam.com on a tablet!).

After all, sunshine is what makes people happy, puts us in a positive mood. Why the heck would I not want it to be sunny?

Did you know Seattle has the highest suicide rate of any city in North America? That’s because it rains all the time up there; they can go days without seeing the sun.  Think I would prefer to be drenched all the time?

I’m not alone in this philosophy. Ask anyone who lives here and they will tell you the same thing.

Oh, some transplanted Midwesterners might occasionally moan they “miss the seasons” because we have none here. The best way to tell it’s springtime is when the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach comes around each April. You can tell it’s winter when the beach cities pull the lifeguard stands close to the bike path (otherwise, the winter swells would wash them out to sea).

But those Midwesterners quickly confess they prefer to be here rather than there when they look up at the TV and see their hometown football team playing in a blizzard in November while they wearing shorts and sandals.

I have never liked cold weather or rain. As for snow, it’s great when I go to it, like at the mountains, but not when it comes to me.I’ve always preferred to be out in the warmth and sun.

And for that, I could never live in a better place than Southern California!