‘Jenny’ exits PAR; Monsoon rains to affect western Luzon

Marje Pelayo   •   August 29, 2019   •   791

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm ‘Jenny’ exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday evening (August 28) prompting state weather service PAGASA to lift all wind signals across the country.

However, the Southwest Monsoon or hanging habagat is still affecting the western section of Luzon, according to PAGASA.

For Thursday (August 29), cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will be experienced over MIMAROPA and the provinces of Zambales, Bataan and Batangas due to the southwest monsoon.             

Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will affect Metro Manila and the rest of the country due to localized thunderstorm.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to take precautionary measures for possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.

Isolated rains to prevail over Metro Manila, rest of the country Friday

Marje Pelayo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Generally, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers on Friday (April 9) according to the state weather bureau PAGASA.

This is due to the effects of localized thunderstorms which can be severe and may cause flash floods and landslides.

Meanwhile, the northeasterly surface windflow is affecting northern Luzon and gives partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Region, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

However, the weather system has no significant impact.

This year, the country experienced its first tropical cyclone mid of February named Tropical Depression Auring.

Throughout the year, the country is expecting 20 to 22 cyclones which usually arrives from June to October.

PAGASA warns public vs scammers using agency’s name to solicit money

Robie de Guzman   •   March 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday warned the public against unscrupulous individuals posing as officials of the agency to extort money from their victims.

PAGASA said it issued the warning after receiving a report that an email had been sent to a contractor by someone pretending to be a PAGASA official to solicit donations to a certain foundation.

“We do not tolerate and detest that misrepresentation,” the state weather agency said in an advisory.

“Please be advised that no individuals or organization are authorized to use the name of PAGASA, its officials, and employees for a favor,” it added.

The agency urged the public to immediately report to authorities if they received any similar messages or calls seeking solicitation using its name.

PAGASA Public Information Unit may be reached via telephone number (02) 8284-0800 local 102 to 103 or send an email at information@pagasa.dost.gov.ph.

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. 

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