Pagasa hoists signal no. 2 as “Falcon” intensifies into tropical storm

Robie de Guzman   •   July 16, 2019   •   1712

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Falcon has intensified into a tropical storm, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Tuesday.

In its weather bulletin issued at 5 p.m., Pagasa said the storm was last spotted at 335 kilometers east southeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

“Falcon” is moving west at the speed of 30 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph, the state weather bureau said.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 2 has been raised over Northeastern part of Cagayan, including Babuyan group of islands, while signal no. 1 is up in Batanes, rest of Cagayan, northern portion of Ilocos Norte, northern portion of Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Isabela, eastern portion of Mountain Province and the eastern portion of Ifugao.

Signal no. 1 may also be raised over the northern portions of Aurora, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya and the rest of Abra, Mt. Province and Ifugao.

Pagasa expects moderate to heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Zambales, Occidental Mindoro, northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo islands, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo and Guimaras.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, and the rest of Visayas, Central Luzon, and MIMAROPA.

Between Wednesday and Thursday (July 18) afternoon, Pagasa said moderate to heavy rains may prevail over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Cagayan Valley.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may prevail over the Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA.

The state weather bureau advises residents in the said regions, especially in flooding and landslide-prone areas, to take precautionary measures.

Sea travel is also risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS alerts and the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and Visayas.

Falcon is expected to closely approach or make landfall over Babuyan-Batanes Islands area Wednesday evening, and may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday (19 July).

Luzon enjoys cold breeze of ‘Amihan’

Marje Pelayo   •   December 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The northeast monsoon or ‘hanging Amihan’ is bringing cold breeze to Luzon while the easterlies are affecting the eastern sections of Visayas and Mindanao, the state weather service PAGASA said.

Cloudy skies with light rains is expected in the areas of Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon on Friday (December 13) with windy conditions in coastal and mountainous areas due to the effects of the Northeast Monsoon.

Meanwhile, portions of Visayas, Caraga and Palawan will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to the effects of the easterlies.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, on the other hand, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains throughout the day.

The rest of the country may expect partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

During such weather condition, flashfloods and landslides may happen in affected areas so residents are still advised to take appropriate measures.

Meanwhile, the temperature at Science Garden in Quezon City may range from 24.4’C to 30.2’C throughout the day.  

Several parts of PH to witness annular solar eclipse on Dec. 26

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 12, 2019

The annular solar eclipse as seen from Hongdao of Qingdao, eastern China’s Shandong province, 15 January 2010. EPA-EFE/WU HONG

Several parts of the Philippines will be able to witness the annular solar eclipse on December 26, according to PAGASA.

“An annular eclipse happens when the moon is farthest from Earth. Because the moon is farther away from Earth, it seems smaller and does not block the entire view of the sun thus creating a ‘ring of fire’ effect,” according to PAGASA.

The annular eclipse will be observed in the southernmost part of Davao Occidental.

According to PAGASA, the best site of observation is in Balut and Batulaki, Sarangani Island, Davao Occidental while other parts of the country will observe it as partial solar eclipse.

The earliest start of the eclipse will begin at 12:32 p.m. in Manila while it will begin at 12:43 p.m. in Balut Island. —AAC

Bicol, Northern Samar may expect occasional heavy rains on Tuesday — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The tail-end of a cold front is currently affecting the Bicol Region, Quezon province and Northern Samar, according to PAGASA.

This brings cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over the said areas thus residents are advised to take appropriate actions for possible landslides and flash floods.

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon is now affecting the rest of Luzon.

Specifically, this brings cloudy skies with light rains over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region and Aurora province where gusty conditions in coastal and mountainous areas are observed.

Mindanao, Palawan, and the rest of Visayas, however, will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

Similar weather condition will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to the Northeast Monsoon but with no significant impact, PAGASA said.

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