Angat Dam water level increases by 9 meters throughout the onslaught of TY Ulysses

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020   •   695

MANILA, Philippines — Water level in Angat Dam increased significantly throughout the traverse of Typhoon Ulysses in Luzon and Bulacan where the facility is located.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Typhoon Ulysses added around 9 meters of water to Angat’s reserve. From 205.50 meters on November 11 to it rose to 214.15 meters on November 13, at 6:00 AM — only about three meters short of reaching its maximum capacity of 217 meters.

The highest volume added was from Wednesday to Thursday which reached 5.8 meters.

Meanwhile, National Water Resources Board (NWRB) Executive Director Sevillo David said that currently the spillage is being done gradually in consideration of the communities that may be affected and to avoid aggravating the situation downstream.

“May spilling na ginagawa ang NPC but mina-manage ang releases considering safety of the dam and likewise the situation of the downstream communities in Bulacan which are already flooded to minimize its effect,” he explained.

Angat Dam is the main source of domestic water supply in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

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Rains across PH due to southwest monsoon, ITCZ — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Since it is the onset of the rainy season, wet days are expected across the country.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the southwest monsoon is now affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.

Specifically, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon as well as Western Visayas will continue to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms which may possibly cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate or at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is affecting the rest of the country bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. .

These conditions may cause flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms in areas susceptible to these hazards.

PAGASA advises the public to closely monitor weather updates through the agency’s official website and social media accounts.

Monsoon rains affecting Luzon, LPA brewing east of Borongan City, E. Samar – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Expect rains in the coming days as the onset of rainy season is here, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

On Tuesday (June 8), the agency spotted a brewing low pressure area (LPA) in the east-southeastern side of Borongan City, Eastern Samar.

It is embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) which is currently affecting Visayas and Mindanao.

Specifically, the ITCZ is bringing cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Eastern Visayas and Caraga regions.

Meanwhile, the areas of Zambales, Palawan, and Mindoro provinces are now experiencing cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms as well due to the effects of the Southwest Monsoon.

The combined effects of both weather systems – ITCZ and monsoon rains – are what’s causing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

PAGASA declares onset of rainy season

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday officially declared the start of the rainy season in the Philippines.

PAGASA said the passage of Tropical Storm Dante and the occurrence of widespread rainfall monitored in the last five days for areas under Type I climate confirm the onset of the rainy season.

“The probability of near to above normal rainfall conditions is high in the next two months (June-July),” the state weather bureau said.

“However, breaks in rainfall events (also known as monsoon breaks), which can last for several days or weeks, may still occur,” it added.

The agency said intermittent rains, associated with the Southwest monsoon will continue to affect Metro Manila and the western section of the country.

PAGASA urged the public and all concerned agencies to take precautionary measures against the impacts of the rainy season.

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