PAGASA: Don’t take a bath during thunderstorms

Marje Pelayo   •   June 24, 2019   •   4660

MANILA, Philippines – It’s rainy season, and thunderstorms are inevitable.

Thus, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) advises the public to refrain from going outdoor to avoid the hazards of thunderstorms especially the unpredictable lightning strikes.

According to PAGASA Weather Specialist Vivien Esquivel, lightning adds nitrogen to the soil which transforms into plant-usable mineral responsible for the green in plants.

However, this positive effect on the ground works differently when lightning strikes on the human body.

Recently, two boys from Barangay Patag Ilaya in the town of Sta. Elena died from a lightning strike.

According to reports, cousins Jimboy Magsino Lora and Jericho Compra Lora asked permission to go outside to look for a signal for their mobile phones.

The teenagers sat near a tree to play mobile games but lightning struck the tree and burned them. Even their mobile phones were destroyed due to the lightning strike.

According to Esquivel, lightning strikes at random.

“Minsan, nakikita nating umiilaw lang sa ulap. Ang tinatawag natin doon ay ‘cloud-to-cloud’ lightning. Mayroon naman tayong tinatawag na cloud to ground lightning. Iyon ang tumatama sa atin. Tumatama sa ground or anumang bagay na at random,” she explained.

(We see flash of lights up in the clouds. That’s what we call ‘cloud-to-cloud’ lightning. Also, there is what we call ‘cloud-to-ground’ lightning that which strikes humans, or the ground or just anything at random.)

“Kahit na nasa baba ka, kung talagang tatamaan ka ng kidlat ay matatamaan ka talaga kasi lightning strikes anywhere,” she added.

(Even if you’re on the ground, if lightning strikes you, that’s inevitable because lightning strikes anywhere.)

For this reason, PAGASA advises the public to take note of important measures to avoid the dangers of lightning strikes.

When outdoor:

  • Stay away from an open field and find an enclosed shelter immediately.
  • Remove all metal accessories from the body such as jewelry or watch.
  • Refrain from using your cellphone and do not attempt to look for signals.
  • When driving a car, pull over and sit straight. Do not touch anything metal inside the car like keys or metal handle.
  • If in case there is no safe place outdoors, do the ‘lightning safety crouch’. Position your feet next to each other, with the heels touching. Try to rest on the balls of your feet so you minimize the surface of the ground you’re touching.
  • Close your eyes and cover your ears.

When indoor:

  • Do not use corded telephone line or cellphones even inside the house. Cellphones may be used for emergency situations but refrain from doing so if possible.
  • Unplug all appliance and turn off all gadgets. Do not leave them on standby mode.
  • Avoid taking a bath or using the shower.
  • Avoid using taps or washing the dishes.

“Stay away from anything that are good conductor of electricity kapag may lightning activity lalo na kung frequent ang lightning strikes within your area (when there is lightning activity especially if lightning strikes are frequent in your area),” noted PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez.

“Huwag kayong pakatiwala na hindi overhead ang thunderstorm ay hindi na kayo tatamaan kasi nagta-travel po ang lightning (Do not be complacent. Thunderstorms may not be overhead but it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t strike you. (Note that) lightning travels), ” warned Esquivel.

“So kahit 9 kilometers or 10 kilometers ang thunderstorm, huwag kayong magstay sa labas (So even if the distance of a thunderstorm is about 9km to 10 km away from you, do not stay outdoor). Make yourself the smallest target, ” she concluded. (with inputs from Harlene Delgado)

LPA, Habagat to bring rainshowers, thunderstorms in parts of PH – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines –  Cloudy skies with rainshowers due to a low pressure area (LPA) and the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) are expected to prevail over several parts of Luzon and Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday.

In its daily weather forecast, PAGASA said scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms may be experienced over Isabela, Aurora, Quezon Province including Polillo Island, Bicol Region, Northern Samar, MIMAROPA and Western Visayas.

The agency warned residents against possible flashfloods and landslides during severe thunderstorms.

At 3 p.m., PAGASA spotted the LPA 440 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora.

Meanwhile, localized thunderstorms may bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

Flashfloods and landslides are also possible, the weather agency added.

LPA to bring rains over Metro Manila, rest of Luzon

Marje Pelayo   •   September 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — State weather agency PAGASA is monitoring a brewing low pressure area (LPA) in the eastern direction of Infanta, Quezon. 

As of 3:00 AM Thursday (September 24), the weather system was located at 655 km East of Infanta, Quezon. 

This will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and CALABARZON

Also, the Southwest Monsoon or Habagat is now affecting areas of Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Dolphin (formerly Tropical Depression Marce) was located 2,500 km Northeast of extreme northern Luzon and is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). 

Longer nights, shorter days ahead as autumnal equinox occurs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2020

Expect longer nights and shorter days after the occurrence of autumnal equinox last Tuesday night (September 22), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

An equinox in Latin, means ‘equal night’. PAGASA explained that it is when day and night are of approximately equal duration all over the planet. After the autumnal equinox, the country will experience longer nights and shorter days due to the Sun traversing its shortest path of the year at the time of the winter solstice.

“Philippine nights will be longer as the sun moves below the celestial equator towards the southern hemisphere,” PAGASA said.

PAGASA also clarified that the equinox will not affect the change of temperature in the country. AAC

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