La Niña likely in the last quarter of 2021 — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 14, 2021   •   93

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that La Niña may occur in the coming months.

Based on the agency’s La Niña Alert issued on Tuesday (September 14), there is a 70% to 80% chance that La Niña will form in the last quarter this year.

This phenomenon may persist or prevail until the first quarter of 2022, the agency said.

Also, PAGASA’s rainfall forecast suggests that above-normal rainfall conditions in many areas may be experienced in the next several months.

This can be attributed to the expected stronger easterlies, enhanced Northeast monsoon and tropical cyclone occurrences, according to the advisory.

“The eastern sections of the country which normally receive more rainfall during the last quarter of the year could further increase the likelihood of more adverse impacts such as floods and landslides over highly vulnerable areas,” PAGASA Administrator Vic Malano said in the advisory.

“With this scenario, all concerned agencies are advised to take precautionary measures to mitigate the potential adverse impacts of this looming La Niña,” he added.

La Niña phenomenon refers to the unusually cool ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific.

Residents in parts of Bulacan warned amid Ipo Dam spilling ops

Marje Pelayo   •   September 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Hydrometeorology Division advises residents in some parts of Bulacan to take caution amid the continuous spilling operations at Ipo Dam.

As of 8:00 a.m. Tuesday (September 14), the water level of Ipo Dam is 100.72 meters.

The dam management continues to conduct spilling operations with one gate open and thus, PAGASA advised residents in low-lying areas and those living near the riverbanks of Angat River from Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Bustos, Baliuag, Pulilan, Plaridel, Calumpit, and Hagonoy to be alert for possible increase in water level.

PAGASA assured that it will continue to monitor the hydrological condition of Ipo Dam along with the Dam management for updates.

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Southwest monsoon affecting Luzon, ITCZ affecting Southern Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   September 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical cyclone Chantu (Typhoon Kiko) has exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is now 790 kilometers North of Itbayat, Batanes.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the Southwest Monsoon and the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the areas of Babuyan Islands, Batanes, Ilocos Region, Abra, Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, MIMAROPA, the Zamboanga Peninsula, and the Bangsamoro.

This may cause flash floods or landslides due to heavy to at times intense rains in the said areas.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to the combined effects of the Southwest Monsoon and localized thunderstorms.

All Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals are now lifted.

However, PAGASA said the enhanced Southwest Monsoon will bring occasional gusts reaching strong breezes to near gale strength over the coastal and upland or mountain areas of Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA in the next 24 hours.

Signal No. 4 raised over Babuyan Islands as Typhoon Kiko endangers extreme Northern Luzon

Marje Pelayo   •   September 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has raised tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 4 over the northeastern portion of Babuyan Islands as it moves to batter extreme Northern Luzon, based on the latest forecast at 5:00 p.m. Friday (September 10).

According to PAGASA, these areas are expected to experience very destructive typhoon-force winds within 12 hours.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 3 remains over the extreme northeastern portion of Cagayan, the rest of Babuyan Islands, and Batanes where very Destructive typhoon-force winds will also prevail within 18 hours.

Signal No. 2 is hoisted in the areas northern, central, and eastern portions of mainland Cagayan, the northeastern portion of Isabela, and the northeastern portion of Apayao where damaging gale-force to storm-force winds are expected within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 — characterized by strong winds that are expected to prevail within 36 hours— is now up over the rest of mainland Cagayan, the eastern portion of Ilocos Norte, the rest of Apayao, the northern portion of Kalinga, the eastern portion of Mountain Province, the northeastern portion of Abra, the northwestern and southeastern portions of Isabela, and the northern portion of Aurora.

PAGASA said, Typhoon Kiko is still likely to develop into a super typhoon. Thus, TCWS No.5 may be the highest wind signal that will be hoisted for this typhoon.

Likewise, the possibility of landfall over the northeastern portion of Cagayan is not yet ruled out.

As such, the public is advised to continue monitoring for possible changes in the track forecast in the succeeding bulletins.

As of 5:00 PM, Typhoon Kiko was located at 190 km east of Aparri, Cagayan, packed with maximum sustained winds of 215 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 265 km/h.

It is moving northwestward at 15 km/h.

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