Orionids meteor shower to be visible in PH starting Oct. 17 – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 17, 2019   •   575

A green and red Orionid meteor striking the sky below Milky Way and to the right of Venus. Zodiacal light is also seen in the image. The trail appears slightly curved due to edge distortion in the lens. (Photo: Brocken Inaglory/Wikipedia)

MANILA, Philippines – Astronomy enthusiasts in the country will get to see the Orionids meteor shower as it dazzles the night skies starting Thursday, Oct. 17, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

It added that the Orionids meteor shower will be active from Oct. 17 to 25. It will reach its peak on the nights of Oct. 21 to 22.

“At maximum rates, the shower may reach 15 meteors per hour that may be observed at favorable sky condition,” the state weather bureau said, adding that there may also be lulls during the traditional maximum peak nights.

PAGASA explained that the Orionids meteor shower occurs around October when the Earth is passing through the stream of debris left behind by Comet Halley, the parent comet of the Orionid shower.

Orionids meteors are described as bright or radiant, and usually put out the greatest number in the few hours before dawn.  

‘Sarah’ weakens as it nears exit — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   November 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Severe tropical storm ‘Sarah’ is no longer expected to bring significant rains over the country, according to PAGASA.

Thus, the state weather service has lifted all tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) though gusts brought about by the weather system will continue to be experienced today Friday (November 22) over Batanes and Babuyan Islands due to the surge of the Northeast Monsoon.

However, PAGASA said, this condition is forecast to gradually weaken throughout the day.

Nevertheless, sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon (Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Provinces and Isabela) due to prevailing rough sea conditions caused by the Northeast Monsoon.

‘Sarah’ is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between tonight and tomorrow (November 23) morning.

PAGASA’s forecast sees ‘Sarah’ gradually weakening as it moves towards the East China Sea in the next two days.

Tropical cyclones ‘Ramon’ and ‘Sarah’ barrel through parts of Cagayan

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ramon has weakened into a tropical storm after making landfall on Tuesday evening (November 19), state weather service PAGASA said.

Based on the agency’s latest bulletin, ‘Ramon’ was located in the vicinity of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph and gustiness of up to 140 kph while moving Southwest at 15 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 remains over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur where stormy weather prevails.

Signal No. 1, meanwhile, prevails over Northern portion of Isabela, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, La Union, and Pangasinan where occasional rains with gusty winds is being experienced.

Tropical storm ‘Ramon’ is forecast to weaken into a low pressure area (LPA) within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, areas in Cagayan under Signal No.1 for tropical depression ‘Sarah’ remains under Signal No. 2 for tropical storm ‘Ramon’ due to the prevailing strong winds.

Based on PAGASA’s 8:00 AM bulletin, TD Sarah was located at 510 km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 750 km East of Infanta, Quezon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of up to 70 kph while moving northwest at 25 kph.

TD Sarah, meanwhile, is forecast to intensify into a tropical storm within 12 hours.

Residents in areas affected by TCWS are advised to take appropriate actions and coordinate with disaster authorities for updates and assistance in case of emergency, especially those living in low-lying areas, coastal towns and areas susceptible to flashfloods and landslides.

Sea travel remains risky especially for small sea vessels over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, as well as the seaboards of southern Isabela, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes, the western seaboards of Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro and Palawan, and the northern seaboard of Camarines Sur due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions caused by the effects of the tropical storm Ramon, tropical depression Sarah and the Northeast Monsoon.

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

Storm surge of up to 2 meters possible in La Union, Pangasinan – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   November 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ramon is moving almost stationary while it moves to make landfall in Babuyan Islands in the afternoon or evening of Tuesday (November 19), state weather service PAGASA said.

Thus, residents in areas affected by the typhoon are advised to take appropriate actions ahead of possible flashfloods and landslides.

According to PAGASA, ‘Ramon’ is expected to weaken following landfall due to the land interaction and the Northern Monsoon.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of Cagayan is continuously monitoring the situation in low-lying, landslide and flashflood prone areas while the typhoon is nearing landfall.

Authorities are particularly monitoring the town of Abulug where over 50 houses were completely washed out by the previous tropical depression ‘Quiel’.

Based on the latest data from the PDRRMO, around 1,700 families have already been evacuated in view of the typhoon’s landfall.

Around 100 of the families were from the town of Gonzaga were forced to evacuate following threats of landslide and flashflood.

“May matitigas talaga. (Some were hardheaded.) They told us that they (already) know (what to do),” said Municipal Disaster Office Head Edward Gaspar.

According to PAGASA, stormy weather remains over Cagayan, Batanes, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga and Ilocos Provinces while Typhoon Ramon is nearing landfall. – MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)

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