Second-earliest rainy season start on record in SW Japan

Second-earliest rainy season start on record in SW Japan

This year's rainy season in SW Japan has started almost a full month earlier than normal, becoming the 2nd earliest rainy season on record.

"It's definitely interesting to watch because the earlier the rainy season front gets toward the north, the quicker we're going to be getting into typhoon season," Robert Speta of the WestPacWX reports in his latest analysis.

The news comes as a severe thunderstorm hit the city of Wuhan, capital of China's Hubei province on May 10, 2021, claiming the lives of at least two people. The maximum rain intensity in the urban area reached 99.6 mm (3.9 inches) in 1 hour.

Authorities reported the city was also hit by record-breaking wind gusts, which destroyed roofs and windows on many buildings.

Forecast models

Featured image credit: Robert Speta/WestPacWX


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