Catch rare Blue Moon on Oct. 31

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 30, 2020   •   715

Hope for clear skies as a rare blue moon will grace the night sky on Saturday (October 31), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Whenever two full moons appear in a single month, the second full moon is called ‘Blue Moon’. PAGASA said it usually occurs around two to three years.

“Full Moon will occur on October 2 at 5:05 AM and October 31 at 10:49 PM (PST). Since the lunar cycle is 29 days and most months have 30-31 days, we eventually find a situation where a full moon occurs at the beginning and the ending of the same month,” PAGASA said.

PAGASA also clarified the term ‘Blue Moon’ is not related to an actual change of color of the moon. AAC

Goni intensifies into severe tropical storm while moving westward

Maris Federez   •   October 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Storm Goni has rapidly intensified into a severe tropical storm (STS) while moving westward at 10 km/h, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday.

The center of STS Goni was estimated at 1,545 kilometers East of Central Luzon outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) 16.6°North ,136.6°East, based on all available data.

The state weather bureau said STS Goni packed a maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 115 km/h.

Once it enters the PAR, Goni will be renamed Rolly, PAGASA said.

It added that STS Goni was forecast to intensify into a typhoon within 24 hours and will continue to intensify while moving over the Philippine Sea.

State meteorologists said Goni may bring heavy rains over the eastern sections of Central and Southern Luzon either by Friday or the weekend as it moves closer.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 may be raised over some provinces in the Bicol Region and in Northern Samar by Friday evening. —/mbmf

Tropical Depression Nika to exit PAR on Monday – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 12, 2020

Tropical Depression Nika is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

In its latest severe weather bulletin, the state weather bureau said Nika has maintained strength and is forecast to intensify into tropical storm by Tuesday morning as it moves towards southern China.

Nika was last spotted at 340 kilometers west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur and moving westward at the speed of 15 kilometers per hour (km/h).

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

“On the forecast track, ‘Nika’ will make landfall over Hainan Province in southern China on Wednesday afternoon or evening,” PAGASA said.

The weather agency, however, said parts of the country will still experience rains due to the combined effects of Nika and the southwest monsoon (locally known as habagat).

It said moderate to heavy rains will be experience in Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Northern Palawan (including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands), and Lubang Island.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains is expected over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and the rest of Central Luzon.

PAGASA warned that flashfloods and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.

“The enhancement of both the southwest monsoon and the northeasterly surface windflow will bring strong winds with occasional gusts over the northern and western section of Luzon, especially in coastal and mountainous areas,” the weather bureau said.

Gale Warning is also in effect over the seaboards of Batanes, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, and Bataan due to rough to very rough seas.

“Sea travel is risky over these areas, especially for those using small seacrafts,” PAGASA said.

“Moderate to rough seas will be experienced over the other seaboards of Luzon. Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures while venturing out to sea,” it added.

PAGASA said it is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao at 435 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

“It is forecast to move northwestward towards Bicol Region-Eastern Visayas area today through Wednesday and is likely to develop into a Tropical Depression within 48 hours,” it said.

Aside from the LPA, the weather agency is also monitoring Tropical Depression Chan-Hom which was spotted at 2,295 kilometer east northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon and is moving southward at 10 km/h.

LPA, Habagat to bring rainshowers, thunderstorms in parts of PH – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines –  Cloudy skies with rainshowers due to a low pressure area (LPA) and the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) are expected to prevail over several parts of Luzon and Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday.

In its daily weather forecast, PAGASA said scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms may be experienced over Isabela, Aurora, Quezon Province including Polillo Island, Bicol Region, Northern Samar, MIMAROPA and Western Visayas.

The agency warned residents against possible flashfloods and landslides during severe thunderstorms.

At 3 p.m., PAGASA spotted the LPA 440 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora.

Meanwhile, localized thunderstorms may bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

Flashfloods and landslides are also possible, the weather agency added.

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