Drought still affects 11 provinces in the country

admin   •   June 1, 2016   •   3503

A Drought/Dry Spell Assessment pamphlet which indicates provinces affected by El Niño is pictured on a photo taken on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (UNTV News)

A Drought/Dry Spell Assessment pamphlet which indicates provinces affected by El Niño is pictured on a photo taken on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
(UNTV News)

Rainfall level in some parts of the country remains below normal in the month of may despite PAGASA’s official announcement of the rainy season.

Based on May 29 record of PAGASA, 11 provinces are still affected by drought or experiencing over 60% rainfall reduction in three consecutive months.

Most of these areas are in Luzon, two in the Visayas and three in Mindanao.

Aside from this, 24 provinces are still affected by dry spell or experiencing 21% to 60% rainfall reduction in three consecutive months.

Ilocos Norte and Quezon Province are still affected by dry condition or experiencing 21% to 60% rainfall reduction in two consecutive months.

According to PAGASA, a weaker El Niño phenomenon is still present in the country.

PAGASA Weather Specialist Cherry Cada says, “We have been experiencing a longer El Niño and it still has lingering effect, the drought.”

La Niña condition is more likely to occur starting July and the peak of the impact in the country, which means more flooding, might be experienced in the last quarter of 2016 up to the first quarter of 2017.

PAGASA has announced earlier that around 8 to 17 tropical cyclones might enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility in the coming months but only one is expected this month.

PCOO Sec. Sony Coloma said, the government is implementing a comprehensive program on mitigating the harmful effects of the possible onset of the La Niña scenario.

This covers agriculture, flood control and disaster risk reduction measures at the grassroots level.

(REY PELAYO/UNTV News)

Signal #1 up in some parts of Luzon as TD Ferdie moves to exit — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression (TD) ‘Ferdie’ continues to enhance the Southwest monsoon as it moves to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Monday morning (August 10).

According to the latest forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA),  the combined effects of TD Ferdie and the enhanced Southwest Monsoon will bring strong breeze-force to near gale-force winds over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA, especially in areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1. 

Gusty conditions are more likely in coastal and mountainous regions of these areas

Residents in affected areas are advised to take precautions against flooding and rain-induced landslides during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. 

Meanwhile, PAGASA already lifted TCWS#1 for La Union, western portion of Pangasinan, northern portion of Zambales, and several municipalities of Ilocos Sur.

However, TCWS#1 remains for Western portion of Ilocos Norte and the western portion of Ilocos Sur.

PAGASA warned that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS #1 due to rough to very rough seas with waves expected to reach 4 meters in height.

Also, gale Warning is in effect over the seaboards of Zambales, Bataan, western coast of Batangas, western coast of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Calamian Islands, Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, and Isabela.

Thus, sea travel is risky over these areas due to rough to very rough seas.

Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures while venturing out over the seaboards of Visayas and the rest of Luzon due to moderate to rough seas.

LPA East of Aurora province now Tropical Cyclone ‘Enteng’

Marje Pelayo   •   August 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Low Pressure Area (LPA) in the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) has developed into a tropical cyclone ‘Enteng’.

Based on the monitoring of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Enteng’s cyclone depression was estimated at 445km East of Casiguran, Aurora  as of 4:00 AM Saturday (August 8).

TC Enteng is moving towards the north direction at 10 km/h packed with maximum sustained winds of 45km/h and gustiness of up to 55km/h.

The state weather agency noted, however, that it does not expect the weather system to make a landfall in any part of the country.

No tropical cyclone wind signal is raised but ‘Enteng’ will bring scattered light to heavy rains over areas in Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The cyclone will also enhance the Southwest Monsoon and will bring rains over Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, and occasional rains over Pangasinan and the rest of Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Marinduque, Rizal,  and the rest of Visayas.

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

Monsoon rains to affect areas in Luzon as STS Dindo exits

Marje Pelayo   •   August 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Severe tropical storm (STS) Dindo is expected to exit the Philippine area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday morning but the southwest monsoon may bring occasional heavy rains over certain areas in Luzon, according to the latest forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 5:00 a.m., the state weather agency located STS Dindo at 475 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes and is now over the Yaeyama Islands in the Southern Ryukyu island in Japan. 

It is moving northwestward towards the East China Sea while exiting PAR this morning. 

It is likely to make landfall over Zhejiang Province in eastern China tomorrow early morning as a Severe Tropical Storm.

PAGASA said no tropical cyclone wind signal is currently in effect as STS Dindo has no direct impact on the country at the moment. 

However, occasional rains due to the Southwest Monsoon will be experienced over Batanes and Babuyan Islands. 

Meanwhile, the Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, the whole of Central Luzon and the rest of Cagayan Valley will be cloudy with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm also due to the southwest monsoon.

According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience generally improving weather condition apart from the isolated afternoon or evening rainshowers or thunderstorms.

The weather bureau is not expecting any tropical cyclone after STS Dindo in the next 24 hours or in the next two to three days, Perez said.

Meanwhile, a gale warning is in effect over the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboards of Central Luzon. 

Sea travel is risky over these areas due to rough to very rough seas with waves that may reach from 2.5 to 4.5 meters.

Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures while venturing out over the other seaboards of Luzon due to moderate to rough seas with waves that could reach from 1.2 to 2.6 meters.

Thus, PAGASA advised the public and concerned local disaster risk reduction and management offices to monitor the agency’s weather advisory to take appropriate measures.

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