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Monthly Global Tropical Cyclone Tracks December 2008
[Summaries and Track Data] [Prepared by Gary Padgett]

              GLOBAL TROPICAL CYCLONE TRACKS - DECEMBER 2008

          !!!! IMPORTANT -- PLEASE SEE NOTE AT END OF FILE !!!!

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NORTHWEST PACIFIC (NWP) - North Pacific Ocean West of Longitude 180


                          Sources of Information
                          ----------------------

     The track coordinates and 1-minute average maximum sustained wind
  values in general were taken from operational warnings issued by the
  Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the U. S. Air Force and Navy,
  located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The central pressure and 10-minute
  average maximum sustained wind estimates for most systems were obtained
  from warnings issued by the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA), which
  is the World Meteorological Organization's Regional Specialised Meteor-
  ological Centre for the basin.  In a few instances, information from
  warnings issued by other Asian warning centers may have been utilized.
  The center position coordinates from JMA and other centers were com-
  pared with those from JTWC and annotations made in the Remarks column
  when the differences in general amounted to 40-50 nm or more.

     Michael V. Padua of Naga City in the Philippines, owner of the
  Typhoon 2000 website, sends me cyclone tracks based upon warnings
  issued by the Japanese Meteorological Agency and the Philippines'
  Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration
  (PAGASA).  A special thanks to Michael for his efforts.


                              Systems Tracked
                              ---------------

   Typhoon DOLPHIN (27W / 0822 / ULYSSES)              02 - 19 Dec

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Storm Name: DOLPHIN               Cyclone Number: 27W     Basin: NWP
PAGASA Internal Name: ULYSSES     JMA Tropical Storm Number: 0822

   Date   Time   Lat      Lon    Cent  MSW   MSW        Remarks
          (GMT)                 Press 1-min 10-min
                                 (mb) (kts) (kts)
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08 DEC 02 1200  25.0 N  143.0 E  1012         35  XT LOW-JMA warnings
08 DEC 02 1800  26.0 N  145.0 E  1008         45
08 DEC 03 0000  27.0 N  147.0 E  1008         55
08 DEC 03 0600  28.0 N  149.0 E  1004         60
08 DEC 03 1200  29.0 N  152.0 E  1004         60
08 DEC 03 1800  30.0 N  155.0 E  1002         60
08 DEC 04 0000  30.0 N  156.0 E   994         50
08 DEC 04 0600  31.0 N  158.0 E   992         60
08 DEC 04 1200  31.0 N  159.0 E   992         60
08 DEC 04 1800  31.0 N  161.0 E   992         55
08 DEC 05 0000  30.0 N  162.0 E   992         55
08 DEC 05 0600  30.0 N  164.0 E   990         55
08 DEC 05 1200  29.0 N  166.0 E   990         55
08 DEC 05 1800  28.0 N  168.0 E   990         55
08 DEC 06 0000  27.0 N  169.0 E   990         55
08 DEC 06 0600  26.0 N  171.0 E   992         55
08 DEC 06 1200  24.0 N  171.0 E   994         60
08 DEC 06 1800  22.0 N  172.0 E   992         55
08 DEC 07 0000  21.0 N  173.0 E   996         50
08 DEC 07 0600  20.0 N  172.0 E   996         50
08 DEC 07 1200  19.0 N  172.0 E  1000         40
08 DEC 07 1800  18.0 N  171.0 E  1000         40
08 DEC 08 0000  16.0 N  170.0 E  1004         30  Tropical depression
08 DEC 08 0600  16.0 N  168.0 E  1002         30
08 DEC 08 1200  15.0 N  167.0 E  1004         30
08 DEC 08 1800  14.0 N  165.0 E  1002         30
08 DEC 09 0000  11.0 N  163.0 E  1004         25
08 DEC 09 0600  12.0 N  160.0 E  1004         25
08 DEC 09 1200  12.0 N  158.0 E  1006         25
08 DEC 09 1800  11.0 N  155.0 E  1004         25
08 DEC 10 0000  12.0 N  154.0 E  1004         25
08 DEC 10 0600  12.0 N  152.0 E  1002         25
08 DEC 10 1200  12.2 N  150.7 E  1004   25    25
08 DEC 10 1800  12.5 N  149.0 E  1002   30    25
08 DEC 11 0000  12.5 N  147.3 E  1002   30    25  JMA: 12.0N/146.0E
08 DEC 11 0600  12.7 N  144.9 E   998   30    30
08 DEC 11 1200  12.9 N  143.2 E  1002   30    30  JMA: 12.3N/143.3E
08 DEC 11 1800  13.1 N  141.9 E  1002   35    30  JMA: 12.5N/142.2E
08 DEC 12 0000  13.2 N  140.9 E  1002   35    30
08 DEC 12 0600  13.6 N  140.1 E  1000   40    35
08 DEC 12 1200  14.1 N  139.2 E  1000   40    40
08 DEC 12 1800  14.3 N  138.3 E   998   45    40
08 DEC 13 0000  14.0 N  137.2 E   992   55    45
08 DEC 13 0600  14.0 N  135.8 E   990   55    45   
08 DEC 13 1200  13.9 N  134.7 E   990   55    45 
08 DEC 13 1800  13.8 N  133.5 E   990   60    45
08 DEC 14 0000  13.2 N  132.6 E   990   60    45  JMA: 13.7N/132.7E
08 DEC 14 0600  13.2 N  131.9 E   990   55    45  JMA: 13.6N/132.4E
08 DEC 14 1200  13.8 N  131.1 E   990   55    45  JMA: 13.7N/131.6E
08 DEC 14 1800  13.9 N  130.7 E   985   60    50
08 DEC 15 0000  13.8 N  130.4 E   980   65    60
08 DEC 15 0600  14.5 N  130.2 E   980   65    60
08 DEC 15 1200  14.9 N  130.4 E   970   90    65
08 DEC 15 1800  15.5 N  130.5 E   970   85    65
08 DEC 16 0000  15.9 N  130.6 E   970   85    65
08 DEC 16 0600  16.4 N  130.6 E   970   85    65
08 DEC 16 1200  17.2 N  130.9 E   980   80    60
08 DEC 16 1800  17.8 N  131.3 E   985   65    55
08 DEC 17 0000  18.4 N  131.9 E   985   65    55
08 DEC 17 0600  19.4 N  132.7 E   990   60    50
08 DEC 17 1200  20.2 N  133.7 E   990   55    50
08 DEC 17 1800  21.1 N  135.3 E   992   50    45
08 DEC 18 0000  22.2 N  137.3 E   996   45    40
08 DEC 18 0600  23.4 N  139.6 E  1000   35    40
08 DEC 18 1200  24.7 N  142.0 E  1008   25    35  Extratropical
08 DEC 18 1800  24.0 N  144.0 E  1010         30
08 DEC 19 0000  24.0 N  145.0 E  1014         25

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NORTH INDIAN OCEAN (NIO) - Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea


                        Sources of Information
                        ----------------------

     The track coordinates and 1-minute average maximum sustained wind
  values in general were taken from operational warnings issued by the
  Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the U. S. Air Force and Navy,
  located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.   Occasionally some information may
  have been gleaned from the daily tropical weather outlooks and other
  bulletins issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), which
  is the World Meteorological Organization's Regional Specialised Meteor-
  ological Centre for the basin.
 
     The reported maximum sustained winds are based on a 1-minute
  averaging period, which is used by all U. S. civilian and military
  weather services for tropical cyclone warnings.     For synoptic
  observations in the North Indian Ocean region, both 10-minute and
  3-minute average winds are employed, but IMD makes no attempt to
  modify the Dvorak scale for estimating tropical cyclone intensity;
  hence, a 1-minute average MSW is implied.


                            Systems Tracked
                            ---------------

   Tropical Cyclone (07B)                              04 - 07 Dec
                                                     
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Storm Name: None                  Cyclone Number: 07B     Basin: NIO


   Date   Time   Lat      Lon    Cent  MSW   MSW        Remarks
          (GMT)                 Press 1-min 10-min
                                 (mb) (kts) (kts)
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08 DEC 04 0000   6.7 N   90.2 E         30
08 DEC 04 0600   6.8 N   89.6 E         30
08 DEC 04 1200   7.1 N   89.3 E         30
08 DEC 04 1800   7.6 N   89.2 E         30
08 DEC 05 0000   7.7 N   88.8 E         30
08 DEC 05 0600   8.1 N   88.4 E         30
08 DEC 05 1200   8.6 N   87.8 E         30
08 DEC 05 1800   8.8 N   86.7 E         30
08 DEC 06 0000   8.8 N   85.8 E         35
08 DEC 06 0600   8.2 N   84.7 E         35
08 DEC 06 1200   8.0 N   83.9 E         35
08 DEC 06 1800   7.7 N   83.2 E         35
08 DEC 07 0000   7.7 N   83.2 E         25
08 DEC 07 0530   7.9 N   82.7 E         25   JTWC satellite bulletin
08 DEC 07 1130   8.2 N   82.2 E         25   IMD: 8.5N/81.5E
08 DEC 07 1730   8.9 N   80.6 E         20   Inland over Sri Lanka

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SOUTHWEST INDIAN OCEAN (SWI) - South Indian Ocean West of Longitude 90E


                        Sources of Information
                        ----------------------

     The track coordinates as well as the central pressure and 10-minute
  average maximum sustained wind estimates were obtained from warnings
  issued by Meteo France's Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre on Reunion
  Island (MFR), which is the World Meteorological Organization's Regional
  Specialised Meteorological Centre for the basin.  The 1-minute average
  maximum sustained wind estimates were taken from warnings issued by the
  Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the U. S. Air Force and Navy,
  located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The center position coordinates from
  JTWC were compared with those from MFR and annotations made in the
  Remarks column when the differences in general amounted to 40-50 nm
  or more.


                            Systems Tracked
                            ---------------

   Tropical Storm CINDA (MFR-04 / 04S)                 15 - 21 Dec

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Storm Name: CINDA                 Cyclone Number: 04S     Basin: SWI
MFR Tropical Disturbance Number: 04

   Date   Time   Lat      Lon    Cent  MSW   MSW        Remarks
          (GMT)                 Press 1-min 10-min
                                 (mb) (kts) (kts)
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08 DEC 15 1200   9.4 S   69.8 E  1003         20  Locally 25 kts S semi.
08 DEC 16 0000   9.4 S   68.6 E  1002         20             "
08 DEC 16 1200   9.8 S   67.6 E  1002         25  Locally 30 kts S semi.
08 DEC 16 1800  10.1 S   67.3 E  1000         25             "
08 DEC 17 0000  10.8 S   66.9 E   999   35    30  JTWC: 10.3S/67.0E
08 DEC 17 0600  10.3 S   66.5 E   998         30
08 DEC 17 1200  10.5 S   66.7 E   998   35    30
08 DEC 17 1800  10.9 S   67.0 E   997         30  Locally 35 kts S semi.
08 DEC 18 0000  11.3 S   66.9 E   994   50    35
08 DEC 18 0600  12.2 S   66.8 E   985         50
08 DEC 18 1200  12.9 S   66.8 E   985   55    50
08 DEC 18 1800  12.8 S   66.6 E   987         45
08 DEC 19 0000  13.6 S   65.7 E   992   50    40
08 DEC 19 0600  13.4 S   65.3 E   990         40
08 DEC 19 1200  13.7 S   64.9 E   990   40    40
08 DEC 19 1800  13.9 S   64.0 E   990         40
08 DEC 20 0000  14.2 S   63.1 E   990   40    40
08 DEC 20 0600  13.8 S   62.9 E   992         40
08 DEC 20 1200  14.1 S   62.6 E   998   35    30
08 DEC 20 1800  14.7 S   62.4 E  1000         25  Locally 30 kts SW quad
08 DEC 21 0000  15.4 s   62.1 E  1000   30    25  JTWC: 15.5S/61.5E
08 DEC 21 0600  14.9 S   60.0 E  1000         20  Locally 25 kts S semi.

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NORTHWEST AUSTRALIA/SOUTHEAST INDIAN OCEAN (AUW) - Longitude 90E to 135E


                          Sources of Information
                          ----------------------

     The track coordinates as well as the central pressure and 10-minute
  average maximum sustained wind estimates were obtained from warnings
  issued by the Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres at Perth, Western
  Australia, and Darwin, Northern Territory.    The 1-minute average
  maximum sustained wind estimates were taken from warnings issued by
  the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the U. S. Air Force and
  Navy, located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The center position coordinates
  from JTWC were compared with those from the Australian centres and
  annotations made in the Remarks column when the differences in general
  amounted to 40-50 nm or more.


                             Systems Tracked
                             ---------------

   Severe Tropical Cyclone BILLY (05S)                 17 - 29 Dec    

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Storm Name: BILLY                 Cyclone Number: 05S     Basin: AUW
(Name assigned by Darwin TCWC)

   Date   Time   Lat      Lon    Cent  MSW   MSW        Remarks
          (GMT)                 Press 1-min 10-min
                                 (mb) (kts) (kts)
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08 DEC 17 0630  12.5 S  127.0 E  1004         30
08 DEC 17 1200  12.8 S  127.5 E  1004         30
08 DEC 17 1800  13.7 S  127.7 E  1002         30
08 DEC 18 0000  13.8 S  128.3 E  1002         30
08 DEC 18 0600  14.1 S  128.6 E   997         30
08 DEC 18 1200  14.5 S  128.8 E   993         40
08 DEC 18 1800  14.6 S  128.8 E   991   30    40
08 DEC 19 0000  14.4 S  128.8 E   988   45    45
08 DEC 19 0600  14.5 S  128.7 E   983         50
08 DEC 19 1200  14.6 S  128.6 E   982   45    50
08 DEC 19 1800  14.9 S  128.1 E   986         50  Moving inland
08 DEC 20 0000  14.9 S  127.9 E   990   35    45
08 DEC 20 0600  15.1 S  127.3 E   998         30  Inland
08 DEC 20 1200  15.2 S  126.9 E   998   20    30
08 DEC 20 1800  15.3 S  126.3 E   998         30
08 DEC 21 0000  15.3 S  125.9 E   997   25    25
08 DEC 21 0600  15.3 S  125.5 E   997         25
08 DEC 21 1200  15.4 S  125.2 E   997   25    25
08 DEC 21 1800  15.7 S  124.7 E   992         30
08 DEC 22 0000  15.6 S  124.3 E   992   40    35  Back over water
08 DEC 22 0600  15.6 S  124.1 E   991         35
08 DEC 22 1200  16.1 S  123.5 E   989   40    40
08 DEC 22 1800  16.6 S  122.8 E   990         40
08 DEC 23 0000  17.2 S  122.2 E   988   40    40
08 DEC 23 0600  17.6 S  121.2 E   990         40
08 DEC 23 1200  17.8 S  120.8 E   987   50    40
08 DEC 23 1800  17.9 S  120.3 E   986         45
08 DEC 24 0000  17.8 S  119.9 E   975   75    60
08 DEC 24 0600  17.9 S  119.3 E   962         80
08 DEC 24 1200  17.8 S  118.6 E   951  105    90
08 DEC 24 1800  17.6 S  117.9 E   948         95
08 DEC 25 0000  17.5 S  117.3 E   953  105    90
08 DEC 25 0600  17.3 S  116.6 E   953         90
08 DEC 25 1200  16.9 S  115.9 E   951   95    90
08 DEC 25 1800  16.6 S  115.3 E   958         85
08 DEC 26 0000  16.3 S  114.8 E   960   85    80
08 DEC 26 0600  15.8 S  114.3 E   960         80
08 DEC 26 1200  15.6 S  113.8 E   966   70    70
08 DEC 26 1800  15.5 S  113.5 E   977         55
08 DEC 27 0000  15.2 S  113.3 E   980   55    55
08 DEC 27 0600  15.1 S  112.9 E   982   50    50
08 DEC 27 1200  15.3 S  112.9 E   983         45
08 DEC 27 1800  15.2 S  112.9 E   986   35    40
08 DEC 28 0000  15.0 S  112.8 E   990         35
08 DEC 28 0600  15.5 S  113.0 E   992         35
08 DEC 28 1200  16.0 S  112.5 E   995         30
08 DEC 28 1430  16.4 S  112.5 E               25  SAB satellite bulletin
08 DEC 28 2030  16.8 S  111.7 E               25             "
08 DEC 29 0230  16.6 S  111.1 E               25             "
08 DEC 29 0830  16.9 S  110.4 E               30             "
08 DEC 29 1430  16.9 S  109.4 E               25             "
08 DEC 29 2030  17.0 S  108.6 E               25             "
08 DEC 29 0230  16.8 S  108.2 E               25             "
08 DEC 29 0830  16.7 S  107.6 E               20             "

Note: A 29/1011 UTC QuikScat pass showed winds of 30 kts, and some
renewed convection led to a T2.0/2.0 Dvorak rating from SAB at 0830
UTC; hence, the temporary increase in winds to 30 kts at that hour.

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              !!!!!!  IMPORTANT NOTE - PLEASE READ  !!!!!!

     To repeat the caveat which is included in the Author's Note
  at the end of the cyclone summaries--the tropical cyclone tracks
  I prepare are based upon the operational warnings/advisories/
  advices/bulletins which are issued by the various tropical cyclone
  warning agencies around the world.   Users of these tracks should
  be aware that they are preliminary and subject to revision during
  post-seasonal analyses of the cyclones by the forecasters and
  analysts at the several warning centers.

     For the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific basins, official tropical
  cyclone reports and "best tracks" can be found at the website of
  the Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center:

     http://www.nhc.noaa.gov>

     The Joint Typhoon Warning Center's website contains links to their
  Annual Tropical Cyclone Reports which include that agency's "best
  tracks" for tropical cyclones in the Northwest Pacific basin, the
  North Indian Ocean, and the Southern Hemisphere:

     https://metocph.nmci.navy.mil/jtwc.php>


  SPECIAL NOTE:  Back issues of the global tropical cyclone summaries
  and monthly cyclone track files can be obtained at the following
  websites:

    ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/pub/landsea/padgett/>
    http://australiasevereweather.com/cyclones/>
    http://www.typhoon2000.ph>
    http://mpittweather.com>


  PREPARED BY:

  Gary Padgett              garyp@alaweb.com


  SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS BY:

  Michael V. Padua          michaelpadua@hotmail.com 
                            webmaster@typhoon2000.ph

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Document: trak0812.htm
Updated: 5th February 2009

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