PAGASA: 17 provinces face drought due to El Niño

Marje Pelayo   •   April 26, 2019   •   2259

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced Thursday (April 25) that 11 provinces in Luzon and six provinces in Visayas may experience drought by end of May due to prolonged weak El Niño.

These areas include Bataan, Metro Manila, Cavite, Marinduque, Romblon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon in Luzon and Aklan, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, and Samar in Visayas.

Meanwhile, three provinces in Visayas – Bohol, Cebu, and Southern Leyte – may experience dry spell by end of May.

PAGASA defined drought as three consecutive months of below normal (60 percent reduction from average) rainfall condition or five consecutive months of below normal (21 to 60 percent reduction from average) rainfall condition.

A dry spell is described as three consecutive months of below normal (21 to 60 percent reduction from average) rainfall condition or two consecutive months of way below normal (more than 60 percent reduction from average) rainfall condition.

PAGASA said a total of 41 provinces are currently experiencing drought.

The weather bureau also noted that the weak El Niño still persists and may continue until August this year. – Marje Pelayo

Monsoon rains affect parts of Luzon, Visayas as PAGASA monitors new LPA outside PAR

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The southwest monsoon or habagat will affect parts of Luzon and Visayas on Monday (September 16), according to the state weather service PAGASA.

As of 4:00 a.m. today, PAGASA forecasted cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Western Visayas.

Likewise, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms will affect rest of the country.

Meanwhile, an active tropical cyclone is being monitored by PAGASA outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

It is located at 2,565km east of Northern Luzon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h and gustiness of up to 99 km/h. It is moving northwest at 30 km/p.

However, the weather system is unlikely to enter PAR, according to PAGASA.

PAGASA: TD ‘Marilyn’ now inside PAR, less likely to make landfall

UNTV News   •   September 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical depression Marilyn has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 9:30 AM on Thursday (September 12), state weather service PAGASA said.

As of 10:00 AM today, TD Marilyn was located at 1,355 km East of Casiguran, Aurora, packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of 70kph.

It is moving towards the northwest direction at 25 kph.

According to PAGASA, the trough of TD Marilyn will bring light to moderate rains and intermittent heavy rain showers (during thunderstorms) over most of Luzon (including Metro Manila) and Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao and SOCCSKSARGEN.

Residents of these areas are advised to take precautionary measures for possible landslides and flashfloods.

PAGASA said sea travel remains risky over the central and eastern seaboards of Visayas and
the northern, eastern and southern seaboards of Mindanao due to potentially rough sea condition.

The weather service forecast that TD Marilyn is less likely to make landfall in the country.

Tropical depression expected to enter PAR on Thursday

Marje Pelayo   •   September 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Tropical Depression outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) has slightly intensified, according to the state weather service PAGASA.

As of PAGASA’s 4:00 AM bulletin, the trough of the tropical depression is now affecting Southern Luzon and Visayas.

On Thursday (September 12), cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rainshowers and thunderstorms will be experienced specifically in CALABARZON, Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Aurora, Quirino, Isabela, and Cagayan.

According to the latest data from PAGASA, the center of the tropical depression was observed at 1,495 km East of Visayas with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 70 km/hour while moving east-northeastward at a speed of 15km/hour.

The weather system is forecast to enter PAR within 48 hrs and will be named “Marilyn”.

This weather disturbance is less likely to make landfall in the country.

Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country due to localized thunderstorms.

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