Micronesia is also under a high surf advisory for all shores. The National Weather Service Bulletin from Guam noted "Hazardous surf of 12 to 14 feet will persist along all shores through Wednesday...then gradually subside below hazardous levels on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Coastal inundation of a foot above high tide is possible tonight." These swells and wind waves are a result of Tropical Storm 02W as it moves away from the area. The swells and surf conditions will be felt across the Republic of Palau and Yap state through tomorrow.
As 02W keeps moving away from Yap, animated multispectral satellite imagery showed convective banding of thunderstorms wrapping into the storm's low level circulation center. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite captured a microwave image of 02W earlier today and it showed that there is deep convection (thunderstorms) wrapping around the storm's center from the southeast to the southwest indicating there's still some punch in the tropical storm.
The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured an infrared image of Tropical Storm 02W on March 23 at 0453 UTC (12:53 a.m. EDT) far to the east of the Philippines. There was still some strong convection near the storm's center.
The forecast from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center notes that 02W should continue moving northwestward and should run into a trough, an elongated area of low pressure, which should weaken 02W. Thereafter, it will be subjected to increasing vertical wind shear which will weaken the storm further.
Rob Gutro | EurekAlert!
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