Onset of rainy season likely second week of June —PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   May 24, 2019   •   2269

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MANILA, Philippines – Despite consecutive days of rain, state weather bureau PAGASA said it is not time yet to declare the onset of the rainy season.

PAGASA explained it is expecting the arrival of the southwest monsoon or habagat in the second week of June.

That is the time when PAGASA most likely will declare the official start of the rainy season.

“Itong mga pag-ulan natin sa hapon hanggang sa madaling araw indikasyon naman ito na papalapit na talaga tayo sa tagulan o yung tinatawag na transition period or yung pagitan ng tagaraw at saka tagulan,” PAGASA Weather Specialist Benezon Estareja said.

(These afternoon rain showers up to early dawn are indications that we are nearing the rainy season. We are in what we call the transition period or the season in between dry and rainy seasons.)

In line with this, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started de-clogging esteros to prevent extreme flooding in major cities in Metro Manila.

Aside from the drainage along East Avenue in Quezon City, the MMDA also checked on drainage along Araneta Avenue which heavily submerges in floodwater every time the San Juan river overflows its banks.

“Kasama iyan sa World Bank Project, iyong construction ng dike diyan tapos construction ng additional pumping stations,” explained MMDA Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office Director Baltazar Melgar.

Baltazar assured that all 62 pumping stations in Metro Manila are set to drain floodwater when heavy rains pour.

The Department of Agriculture (DA), meanwhile, is also preparing programs to assist farmers who will be affected by the rainy season.

“Naka-preposition na ang mga binhi natin (at) ready for release. In fact, ang iba (ay) naka-release na nga ng mga binhi,” Secretary Manny Piñol said.

According to the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), around 200,000 hectares of farmland in the country await cropping season in June which is expected to increase further to 800,000 hectares in the coming months. —(with details from Rey Pelayo) Marje Pelayo

Monsoon rains prevailing across PH – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  State weather agency PAGASA forecasts prevailing rains over Luzon due to the effects of the southwest monsoon or habagat.

As of Tuesday (June 15), cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will continue to affect the entire Ilocos Region.

This may cause flash floods and landslides in areas susceptible to these hazards due to moderate to at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the combined effects of habagat and localized thunderstorms continue to bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

These conditions are expected to cause possible flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms thus, residents are advised to take precautionary measures against these hazards.

PAGASA has not seen any brewing storm or weather disturbance to date, though rains will prevail due to the onset of the rainy season.

Rains across PH due to southwest monsoon, ITCZ — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Since it is the onset of the rainy season, wet days are expected across the country.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the southwest monsoon is now affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.

Specifically, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon as well as Western Visayas will continue to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms which may possibly cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate or at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is affecting the rest of the country bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. .

These conditions may cause flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms in areas susceptible to these hazards.

PAGASA advises the public to closely monitor weather updates through the agency’s official website and social media accounts.

Monsoon rains affecting Luzon, LPA brewing east of Borongan City, E. Samar – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Expect rains in the coming days as the onset of rainy season is here, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

On Tuesday (June 8), the agency spotted a brewing low pressure area (LPA) in the east-southeastern side of Borongan City, Eastern Samar.

It is embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) which is currently affecting Visayas and Mindanao.

Specifically, the ITCZ is bringing cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Eastern Visayas and Caraga regions.

Meanwhile, the areas of Zambales, Palawan, and Mindoro provinces are now experiencing cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms as well due to the effects of the Southwest Monsoon.

The combined effects of both weather systems – ITCZ and monsoon rains – are what’s causing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

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