This blog is run by Jason Jon Benedict and Doug Beare to share insights and developments on open source software that can be used to analyze patterns and trends in in all types of data from the natural world. Jason currently works as a geospatial professional based in Malaysia. Doug lives in the United Kingdom and is currently Director of Globefish Consultancy Services which provides scientific advice to organisations that currently include the STECF [Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries,] and ICCAT,

Friday, 5 December 2014

Typhoon Hagupit fast approaching the Philippines

Point of post:
  • rNOMADS can be used to map near real-time meteorological phenomena such as storms (typhoons/hurricanes/cyclones)

In our last post, we demonstrated how the rNOMADS package can be used to describe the path of tropical cyclone that hit Philippines around a year ago. The data archives underpinning rNOMADS are, however, also available in near real-time allowing us to easily follow weather events as they actually unfold. The path of Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) which is bearing down on the Philippines now (5 December 2014) is animated below.

Given the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan that occured around this time in 2013, we are very concerned for the safety of people in the area. Evacuations are already taking place and we are keeping our fingers crossed for the communities potentially in its path.

As for now, meteorologists are still unsure (cannot be predicted accurately) where exactly Hagupit will make landfall.

Note: The code to produce the plots used in the animation above is the same as the ones we provided in our last post with only a change in the time periods the data was extracted from NOMADS.