Habagat season ends – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 23, 2020   •   395

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has officially declared the end of the southwest monsoon (locally known as habagat) season as the country transitions to northeast monsoon or amihan season.

In a statement, PAGASA said its recent analyses showed that a significant weakening of the southwest monsoon has been observed over the last few days.

The weather agency added it has observed the strengthening of the high-pressure area over the Asian continent which has led to the gradual changing of the season.

“With these developments, the southwest monsoon season or known locally as ‘habagat’ is now officially over. The season in the Philippines is on the process of transition and will be expecting the gradual start of the northeast monsoon (NE) season in the coming days with a shift in the direction of the winds,” the bureau said.

PAGASA also reported that with the ongoing La Niña phenomenon, the northeast monsoon may be enhanced that could trigger floods, flashfloods, and rain-induced landslides over susceptible areas.

“Therefore, all concerned government agencies and the public are advised to take precautionary measures to mitigate the potential impacts of these events,” it added.

PAGASA lifts tropical cyclone wind signal as ‘Auring’ weakens into LPA

Marje Pelayo   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA has downgraded the weather system formerly known as Tropical Depression ‘Auring’ into a low pressure area (LPA) after it weakened at 11:00 AM Monday (February 22) prior to crossing the Rapu-Rapu Islands, Albay.

The weather bureau forecast the LPA to move northwestward to westward and may traverse Bicol Region, southern Quezon, Marinduque, and northern Mindoro in the next 24 hours. 

There is an increasing likelihood of the disturbance dissipating while traversing Southern Luzon.

Still, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains prevail over Bicol Region, Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon throughout the day.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains is still being experienced over Aurora, Rizal, Laguna, Northern Samar, and the rest of MIMAROPA.

Though Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 is now lifted, the northeast monsoon will continue to bring strong breeze conditions over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Aurora, and Quezon.

As of 3:00 PM today, the LPA (formerly Tropical Depression “Auring”) was estimated West Southwest of Legazpi City, Albay. northeast monsoon affecting Northern Luzon.

With this development and unless re-intensification occurs, PAGASA said this will be the final weather bulletin for this weather disturbance. 

TD Auring made landfall over Batag Island, now aims for Albay-Sorsogon area

Marje Pelayo   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The center of Tropical Depression ‘Auring’ made landfall over Batag Island, Laoang, Northern Samar at 9:00 AM Monday (February 22).

The weather disturbance is now headed towards the Albay-Sorsogon area, according to the latest forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Still, moderate to heavy rains prevail over Northern Samar, Bicol Region, Marinduque, Romblon, and Quezon while light to moderate with at times heavy rains is beijing experienced in areas in Western Visayas, Aurora, Rizal, Samar, northern portion of Eastern Samar and the rest of MIMAROPA.

In the next 24 hours, the combined effects of the Northeast Monsoon and TD Auring will bring strong breeze conditions with occasionally higher gusts over the areas where Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 is in effect:

Luzon

  • Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Catanduanes, and the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Presentacion, Sagnay, Buhi, Iriga City, Nabua, Bato, Balatan)

Visayas

  • Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, and Biliran

Similar weather condition will continue in areas of Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Aurora, Quezon, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Cuyo Islands, Cagayancillo Islands, Western Visayas, and the rest of Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region.

Tropical Depression Auring is seen to continue moving generally northwestward throughout the forecast period and may weaken considerably due to significant terrain interaction leading to deterioration into a remnant low within 24 hours or possibly sooner.

TD Auring shifts turn, now heads to Eastern Samar

Marje Pelayo   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA said tropical depression Auring continues to weaken and may initially make landfall over Eastern Samar in the next 6 to 12 hours as a tropical depression or a remnant low pressure area (LPA).

On Monday (February 22), moderate to heavy rains over Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Marinduque, Romblon, and Quezon. 

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Aurora and the rest of Visayas, MIMAROPA, and CALABARZON.

In the next 24 hours, the combined effects of the Northeast Monsoon and TD Auring will bring strong breeze conditions with occasionally higher gusts over the areas where Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 is in effect.

Similar weather conditions will prevail over Aurora, Quezon, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, the northern portions of Ilocos Norte and mainland Cagayan, Cuyo Islands, Cagayancillo Islands, and the rest of Visayas and Bicol Region.

Areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1

Luzon

  • Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Catanduanes, and the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Presentacion, Sagnay, Buhi, Iriga City, Nabua, Bato, Balatan)
  • Visayas

Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, the northern portion of Cebu (Balamban, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela, Asturias, Danao City, Carmen, Catmon, Sogod, Tuburan, Borbon, San Remigio, Tabuelan, Tabogon, Bogo City, Medellin, Daanbantayan) including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, the northern portion of Negros Occidental (Enrique B. Magalona, Victorias City, Manapla, Cadiz City, Sagay City, Toboso, Escalante City, Calatrava), the eastern portion of Capiz (Cuartero, Dumarao, Ma-Ayon, Pontevedra, Panay, President Roxas, Panitan, Dao, Pilar), and the eastern portion of Iloilo (Lemery, Ajuy, Sara, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Batad, Estancia, Balasan, Carles, San Rafael, Passi City, Barotac Viejo, Banate, San Enrique)

Mindanao

  • Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte

PAGASA warns moderate to rough seas will be experienced over the remaining seaboards of Luzon, and the northern, eastern, and western seaboards of Mindanao not under any TCWS. 

Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.

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