LPA affecting Visayas, parts of Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   February 6, 2020   •   661

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) near the southern island of Mindanao.

As of 4:00 a.m. Thursday (February 6), the weather system was located at 705 k.m. east of Davao City.

The trough of the LPA is currently bringing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in areas of Visayas, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao and the entire Davao Region.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) is seen affecting Luzon particularly Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol Region, Aurora, and Quezon where cloudy skies with light rains can be observed.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to Amihan.

Similar conditions will also be experienced in other areas of Mindanao due to localized thunderstorms.

TD Quinta maintains strength while heading toward Bicol region

Maris Federez   •   October 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression (TD) Quinta has maintained its strength while heading West-Northwest toward the Bicol region, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

In its bulletin at 4 PM Saturday (October 24), the state weather bureau said TD Quinta is estimated at 610 kilometers (km) East of Juban, Sorsogon with maximum winds and gusts at 55/70 kilometers per hour (km/h), moving West-Northwest at 20 km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) number 1 is raised over:

  • Marinduque
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Northern Samar
  • The northern portion of Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands; and
  • The southern portion of Quezon

PAGASA said TCWS #1 may be raised over Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, and the rest of Quezon in the next bulletin at 11 in the evening on Saturday.

Possible landfall, on the other hand, will be felt over the Bicol Region between Sunday evening & Monday early morning.

The troughs of TD Quinta & Severe Tropical Storm Pepito (with international name Saudel) outside Philippine Area of Responsibility will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, the Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga & Quezon from Saturday through Sunday morning.

Moreover, a stationary front associated with the Northeasterly surge will bring moderate to heavy rains over Batanes, Cagayan & the northern portions of Apayao & Ilocos Norte.

The state weather services also said sea travel is risky over areas under TCWS #1 within 36 hours of the first raising of the wind signal, as well as at the northern & western seaboards of Luzon. —/mbmf

Habagat season ends – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 23, 2020

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.

LPA east of Mindanao likely to enter PH on Friday — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   October 22, 2020

 MANILA, Philippines — Severe tropical storm Pepito continues to bring rains over some areas in Luzon and Visayas as it moves to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday (October 22).

At 3:00 a.m. today, the center of STS Pepito was located at 380 km West of Dagupan City, Pangasinan with maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 125 km/h. 

It is moving west northwestward at 10 km/h.

According to PAGASA, the trough of STS Pepito is currently causing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm in some parts of Luzon including Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, and in Western Visayas.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country is now experiencing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring another Low Pressure Area east of Mindanao which is likely to enter on Friday (October 23) and may develop into a tropical depression during the weekend. 

PAGASA said, it is not affecting the weather over any portion of the country at this time.

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