There is no better way to prepare yourself for typhoon season (aside from getting supplies) then knowing where to get the best and most up to date information. There are a lot of sites out there to choose from but I have found over the years that I have been here that you really need to be familiar with a few different sites in order to get the best information and properly prepare yourself. In this post we’ll cover three sites that I find helpful, easy to use and most of all accurate.
Probably the most important site to make yourself familiar with is the Japan Meteorological Association (JMA) website. This site offers a comprehensive understanding of the projected storm track as well as specific warnings and advisories for various parts of Okinawa. Unlike other site which are not based in Japan JMA allows you to pinpoint the threat in your area and take the necessary precautions.
Because JMA is a Japanese website I am sure many people prefer not to use it because they are worried about the lack of English. However, there is an English tab at the top of the page which can be clicked bringing you to the English version of the site. Unlike some other Japanese sites the English part of JMA offers all of the same information making it very helpful for English speakers.
Tropical Storm Risk is a site that I have bookmarked on my computer because I visit it so often throughout typhoon season. This site is a great way to determine whether or not a storm is out in the ocean and/or heading our direction.
One of the things that I really love about Tropical Storm Risk is that it is easy to read and understand with color coding and comprehensive information organized in charts. This makes it easy to understand the projected path, winds and category of the storm.
There are some pros and cons to the Kadena Weather website but there is no doubting that it is the easiest way to access three Japanese websites which are very helpful. When you follow the above link it will bring you to the Kadena Weather page on which you will see a section labeled as “radar”. Each of the three links are very useful in seeing what the storm is doing at the current time.
Of course these are not the only places where you can find out information regarding storms. There are other weather websites out there and a number of FaceBook pages, including OkiNinjaKitty, who provide updates through the storms. Although those updates may be convenient and at times fun to read it is very important to still be aware of the meteorological sites which focus on accuracy of storm information.This will ensure that you and your family can stay safe and ride out the storms with the most accurate information possible for your particular area.