Marianas Variety

Last updateSat, 07 Dec 2019 12am







    Saturday, December 7, 2019-1:06:44A.M.






Font Size


Trade wind surge headed to Marianas

(CNMI EOC State Warning Point) — Based on information received from the National Weather Service, a trade wind surge on its way to the Marianas.

The transition into dry season has begun, and the first trade wind surge will be coming Friday or Friday night. There is still ample wet season moisture, so the incoming surge will likely cause some periods of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms with abundant rainfall.

Over the next week, the Marianas could receive 3 to 5 inches of rain, with most of that coming between Monday and Wednesday. In addition, wind speeds will be well above normal, possibly reaching 20 to 30 mph at the peak of the event, probably next Wednesday or Thursday.

Seas and surf will rise as a result of the fresh to strong winds. Seas will build to between 8 and 10 feet by Friday and will continue to build through the weekend. The WaveWatch III model indicates seas up to 19 feet next Wednesday across the CNMI, and up to 14 or 15 feet near Guam. Surf will also rise and could build up to between 15 and 20 feet along northeast and east facing reefs.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres is advising all CNMI residents to stay informed about the latest forecast, warnings and advisories which will be available through local media sources. You may also call the CNMI EOC State Warning Point at 237-8000 or 664-8000. Those in the Northern Islands may contact the CNMI EOC State Warning Point at high frequency single side band radio on frequency 5.205.0.