Angat Dam level may normalize in August or September – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2019   •   2937

FILE PHOTO: Angat Dam

MANILA, Philippines – Angat Dam’s water level has increased by almost one meter following days of rain, according to state weather service PAGASA.

As of 6:00 a.m. Monday (July 29), Angat’s water level has reached 163.34 meters from 162.40 meters yesterday.

According to the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), allocation in Metro Manila and nearby provinces remains at 36 cubic meters per second.

The NWRB said water allocation will only be added once the dam reaches its normal operating level of 180 meters.

According to PAGASA, it may take until September before Angat Dam returns to normal especially if there is no tropical cyclone that will pass the area.

But the dam needs to hit its maximum water level of 210 meters before dry season begins next year.

“Siguro kung masyadong maulan kailangan pa ng mga 4 hanggang 5 na bagyo para lang mapuno, (It will need four to five tropical cyclones to fill [Angat Dam] especially with heavy downpour),” explained PAGASA Hydrologist Ailene Abelardo.

Meanwhile, almost 100 percent of Manila Water customers enjoy 24 hours water supply due to increase in water level in La Mesa Dam.

As of 10:00 a.m. today, La Mesa has 74.14 meters of water — still about five meters below its overflowing level of 80.15 meters.

Also, about 80 percent of Maynilad customers now enjoy normal water service. — (MNP with details from Rey Pelayo)

Southwest monsoon to bring cloudy skies with intermittent rains over Luzon, Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression ‘Nimfa’ maintains strength while moving almost stationary, according to state weather service PAGASA.

At 3:00 AM on Wednesday (September 18), the center of the weather system was located at 670 km East of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) which was observed in the vicinity San Jose, Tarlac.

According to PAGASA, monsoon rains ranging from frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rain showers will prevail over Central Luzon, Batangas, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and northern portions of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands throughout Wednesday due to the combined effects of the southwest monsoon (habagat) and the LPA.

Likewise, habagat will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, CALABARZON and the rest of MIMAROPA.

The trough of the tropical depression will also bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.

Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will be experienced in Mindanao and the rest of Visayas due to localized thunderstorms.

 Residents of the aforementioned areas are advised to take precautionary measures for possible flashfloods and landslides.

Sea travels is discouraged especially for small sea vessels over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon due to potentially rough to very rough sea conditions.

Meanwhile, most of the other seaboards of the country will remain moderate to rough.

As of this writing, there is no Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) raised in any parts of the country, according to PAGASA.

Monsoon rains to prevail over parts of Luzon, Visayas as PAGASA monitors two LPAs

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA is monitoring two low pressure areas (LPAs) inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) while the southwest monsoon is affecting parts of Luzon and Visayas.

According to PAGASA’s 4:00 AM bulletin, the LPA was observed at 715km East of Basco, Batanes while another LPA was located at 130km West Southwest of Iba, Zambales.

For Tuesday (September 17), PAGASA said monsoon rains will prevail over Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Palawan, and Mindoro Provinces.

Flashfloods in low lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas are highly possible thus residents are advised to take precautionary measures.

Meanwhile, cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will be experienced in Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and the rest of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA also due to the effects of the southwest monsoon.

The trough of the LPA will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.

Meanwhile, Mindanao and the rest of Visayas will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

Monsoon rains affect parts of Luzon, Visayas as PAGASA monitors new LPA outside PAR

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The southwest monsoon or habagat will affect parts of Luzon and Visayas on Monday (September 16), according to the state weather service PAGASA.

As of 4:00 a.m. today, PAGASA forecasted cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Western Visayas.

Likewise, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms will affect rest of the country.

Meanwhile, an active tropical cyclone is being monitored by PAGASA outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

It is located at 2,565km east of Northern Luzon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h and gustiness of up to 99 km/h. It is moving northwest at 30 km/p.

However, the weather system is unlikely to enter PAR, according to PAGASA.

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