Storm Watching



You may have already found the link in our guides section; but, I wanted to bring your attention to the official website of the Japan Meteorological Agency. The English version of the site has a multitude of resources to satisfy everyone from the hard-core weather geek to the average person wondering whether or not they ought to consider the use of an umbrella for the day.

Typhoon season here in Fukuoka seems to be a roller coaster of a ride. It’s still quite warm; so, there are a number of outdoor activities scheduled throughout our area. Yet, organizers and patrons have to keep a wary eye toward the skies to see whether the whole event will be a wash…literally. So far this year, the rain storms between the typhoons seem to be more of an issue than the typhoons themselves. Nevertheless, I watch the news each morning, just as eager as the next to see how the latest typhoon is tracking.

For some of us, however, the morning news just isn’t enough. This is where the Japan Meteorological Agency’s website comes in. You can track storms, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes all on one site. Of course, basic weather is available in traditional formats. Satellite and radar imagery is available as well.

Below is a list of pages on their site that you can bookmark for quick reference that are specific to the Onojo, Kasuga, Dazaifu and Chikushino areas:

At the time of this writing, there are no warnings for our area. However, in anticipation of tomorrow’s typhoon, some of our local schools have already canceled classes. These links can keep you informed of the latest forecasts in English. Happy weather watching!