LPA now tropical depression ‘Goring’; Signal #1 up in Batanes

Marje Pelayo   •   July 19, 2019   •   1414

MANILA, Philippines — The new low pressure area (LPA) monitored north of the country has developed into a tropical depression on Friday (July 19) and has been named ‘Goring’.

As of 10:00 a.m. on Friday (July 19), state weather service PAGASA monitored the weather disturbance at 190 km North Northwest of Basco, Batanes and is moving northeast at a speed of 30 kph with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gusts of up to 60 kph.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 1 is now hoisted over Batanes.

PAGASA advised that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Batanes as well as in the seaboards of Northern Luzon, and the western seaboard of Central Luzon.

“Goring” may exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday evening or early morning Saturday.

Trough of TD Ineng drenches most of PH

Marje Pelayo   •   August 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The trough or extension of Tropical Depression Ineng is currently affecting most parts of the Philippines on Wednesday (August 21), according to the state weather service PAGASA.

As of 4:00 AM today, TD Ineng is located at 975 km. east of Virac, Catanduanes or 1,245 km. East of Infanta, Quezon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

It is moving towards the North direction at 10 km/h.

Ineng’s trough is brining cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Visayas, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and Davao Region.

Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon will prevail over extreme Northern Luzon particularly in Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Likewise, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localize thunderstorms will be experienced in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

According to PAGASA, TD Ineng is unlikely to make landfall in any part of the country but it is expected to intensify into a tropical storm within the next 12 to 24 hours.

PAGASA declares end of El Niño

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA has declared the end of weak El Niño which has started in the last quarter of 2018.

This means that the temperature in the Pacific Ocean has returned to normal and will remain so until the end of 2019.

During the past three to five months, areas of Oriental Mindoro and Sultan Kudarat experienced less rainfall.

But this August, PAGASA expects normal rainfall level in areas of Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Metro Manila, most parts of Eastern Visayas, and the provinces of Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Bataan, Aurora, Agusan Del Norte, and Surigao Del Norte.

The El Niño has incurred P7.963-B worth of damage in agriculture across the country, according to data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in JUNE 27, 2019.

This is apart from other problems such as the water crisis that hit Metro Manila when the level of water reserve in Angat Dam dipped below the minimum operating level of 180 meters.

For now, the dam’s supply is gradually recovering as it hit 177.12 meters at 6:00 a.m. today (August 16).

With this development, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) may soon increase water allocation in Metro Manila to 40 cubic meters per second from the current 36 cubic meters per second, according to the agency’s Executive Director Sevillo David. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Angat Dam water level improves at 176.72 meters

Marje Pelayo   •   August 15, 2019

Angat Dam

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Angat Dam has improved, according to the latest record from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 6:00 AM Thursday (August 15), The water level in Angat Dam was at 176.72 meters, a 0.43-meter increase from 176.29 meters recorded on Wednesday (August 14).

Days of continuous rainshowers brought about by monsoon rains somehow replenished Angat Dam’s water reserve.

However, its water level remains below the dam’s minimum normal operating level of 180 meters.

Angat Dam is the main source of water supply for Metro Manila.

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