LPA in Eastern Mindanao develops into tropical depression — PAGASA-DOST

Maris Federez   •   May 10, 2020   •   769

MANILA, Philippines — The low-pressure area (LPA) over the east of Mindanao that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring has developed into a tropical depression.

PAGASA said that the weather disturbance, named Ambo, is the first tropical cyclone to form inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this year.

As of 2:00 pm on Sunday (May 10) the LPA was located at 565km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Based on PAGASA’s forecast, TD Ambo may affect the eastern section of Visayas or Mindanao by Wednesday (May 13) or Thursday (May 14). — /mbmf

LPA east of Cagayan province develops into TD Carina

Marje Pelayo   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — At 2:00 am on Monday (July 13), the low pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Cagayan province has developed into tropical depression Carina, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). 

As of 4:00 AM today, the weather system was located at 315 km East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. It is moving westward at 20 km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 is raised over the areas of Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, and Northern Cagayan specifically Sta. Ana, Gonzaga, Sta. Teresita, Bugey, Eastern Lal-O and Baggao.)

This means moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Babuyan Islands and the eastern section of mainland Cagayan and Isabela. 

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, the rest of Cagayan Valley, Aurora, and the northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands.

Moderate to rough seas will be experienced over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon in the next 24 hours thus small seacrafts are advised not to venture out to sea.

The center of TD Carina is forecast to pass close to the northeastern portion of Cagayan and the Babuyan Islands between tonight and Tuesday morning. 

A landfall scenario over these areas remains likely, according to PAGASA.

Metro Manila, Western Visayas, and the rest of Luzon, meanwhile, will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to the effects of TD Carina.

Mindanao and the rest of Visayas will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers mostly in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms. 

Names of Tropical Cyclones for 2020: Is yours one of them?

Marje Pelayo   •   May 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical depression ‘Ambo’ seemed to have come late being the first tropical cyclone that entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this year.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), there are instances that tropical cyclones come almost middle of the year so it is not so uncommon. 

After TD Ambo, PAGASA expects 10 to 13 more tropical cyclones that may enter or develop inside PAR until October.

As usual, PAGASA assigns a local name for tropical cyclones.

This is the list for this year which will also be used every four years after in 2027, 2031 and so on, based on the weather agency’s tropical cyclone naming protocol:

  • Ambo
  • Butchoy
  • Carina
  • Dindo
  • Enteng
  • Ferdie
  • Gener
  • Helen
  • Igme
  • Julian
  • Kristine
  • Leon
  • Marce
  • Nika
  • Ofel
  • Pepito
  • Quinta
  • Rolly
  • Siony
  • Tonyo
  • Ulysses
  • Vicky
  • Warren
  • Yoyong
  • Zosimo

This list is just one of the four sets of names for tropical cyclones that PAGASA used every four years.

Each year, PAGASA assigns an auxiliary list that contains 10 names in case the names on the original list have already been used:

  • Alamid
  • Bruno
  • Conching
  • Dolor
  • Ernie
  • Florante
  • Gerardo
  • Hernan
  • Isko
  • Jerome

If a tropical cyclone causes at least 300 deaths and P1-B worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure, the name of that tropical cyclone will be decommissioned or dropped from the list.

Also, a name is scrapped from the list if it is associated with a prominent personality to avoid mockery.

Mindanao region to experience heavy rains due to tropical depression ‘Ambo’

Marje Pelayo   •   May 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical depression Ambo has maintained its strength as it approaches the Philippines, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. 

As of 3:00 AM, the state weather bureau located the weather disturbance at 385 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometer per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. 

It is moving at the northwest direction with a speed of up to 10 km/h.

Based on PAGASA’s forecast track, the center of TD Ambo is likely to affect Eastern Visayas on Thursday (May 14).

It is seen to make landfall in Bicol by Friday (May 15) which is expected to intensify and develop into a tropical storm, the weather agency said.

According to PAGASA, TD Ambo’s trough or extension will affect the Mindanao region throughout Monday (May 11) which may cause flash floods in affected areas. 

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience humid weather with potential scattered rains throughout the day.

PAGASA said wind signals may be announced within the next 24 hours due to the movement of TD ambo. 

TD Ambo is the first tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this year. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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