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PAGASA sees 60% probability of El Niño this year

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — PAGASA monitors a 60-percent probability of developing El Niño phenomenon from October to December this year.

El Niño is a climate pattern that refers to the cycle of warm and cold temperatures and is accompanied by high air pressure in the western Pacific and low air pressure in the eastern Pacific.

It brings lower than normal rainfall which would mainly affect the agricultural sector.

But the agency observed that the occurrence of  El Niño or La Niña phenomenon has become more frequent due to the effects of global warming.

“Usually, El Niño or La Niña’s cycle happens around 2 to 7 years. But lately El Niño or La Niña seems to occur every year,” said PAGASA climate monitoring and prediction section chief Ana Solis.

PAGASA also clarified that despite the occurrence of El Niño, floods and heavy rains may still be experienced like what happened in 2009 when tropical cyclone Ondoy inundated most of Luzon.

“We are not saying that it will happen, but historically, we have experienced those,” said Solis.

PAGASA predicts that 10 to 13 tropical cyclones might enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility until November this year. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Expect a rainy President’s SONA on Monday – PAGASA

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA issued a special weather outlook for Monday (July 22) on the occasion of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth state of the nation address,

According to PAGASA, Metro Manila will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies throughout the day on Monday with high possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening which may bring rainshowers over the area including Quezon City where the President’s SONA will take place at Batasang Pambansa.

Temperature on Monday would be between 26 to 33 degrees Celsius.

PAGASA assured to issue updates as soon as significant changes in the weather pattern for Monday’s event occur.

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LPA now tropical depression ‘Goring’; Signal #1 up in Batanes

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The new low pressure area (LPA) monitored north of the country has developed into a tropical depression on Friday (July 19) and has been named ‘Goring’.

As of 10:00 a.m. on Friday (July 19), state weather service PAGASA monitored the weather disturbance at 190 km North Northwest of Basco, Batanes and is moving northeast at a speed of 30 kph with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gusts of up to 60 kph.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 1 is now hoisted over Batanes.

PAGASA advised that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Batanes as well as in the seaboards of Northern Luzon, and the western seaboard of Central Luzon.

“Goring” may exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday evening or early morning Saturday.

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Monsoon rains still affecting Luzon after TS Falcon’s exit

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm Falcon (international name Danas) has exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) yet monsoon rains will still affect most parts of Luzon.

As of 4:00 am on Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila, Cordillera Administrative Region, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and the rest of Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley.

Likewise, the southwest monsoon or habagat will continue to affect the regions of Ilocos, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Zambales, and Bataan.

The rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers brought about by localized thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, the new low pressure area (LPA) that PAGASA has been monitoring remains outside PAR and has no direct effect yet to the country.

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