PAGASA sees 60% probability of El Niño this year

admin   •   June 18, 2018   •   6583

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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Southwest monsoon to bring cloudy skies with intermittent rains over Luzon, Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression ‘Nimfa’ maintains strength while moving almost stationary, according to state weather service PAGASA.

At 3:00 AM on Wednesday (September 18), the center of the weather system was located at 670 km East of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) which was observed in the vicinity San Jose, Tarlac.

According to PAGASA, monsoon rains ranging from frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rain showers will prevail over Central Luzon, Batangas, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and northern portions of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands throughout Wednesday due to the combined effects of the southwest monsoon (habagat) and the LPA.

Likewise, habagat will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, CALABARZON and the rest of MIMAROPA.

The trough of the tropical depression will also bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.

Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will be experienced in Mindanao and the rest of Visayas due to localized thunderstorms.

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

Sea travels is discouraged especially for small sea vessels over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon due to potentially rough to very rough sea conditions.

Meanwhile, most of the other seaboards of the country will remain moderate to rough.

As of this writing, there is no Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) raised in any parts of the country, according to PAGASA.

Orangutans in rehabilitation suffer from smoke caused by Indonesia forest fires

UNTV News   •   September 17, 2019

Dozens of orangutans are suffering from respiratory problems caused by the smoke from forest fires in Indonesia this week.

Indonesia and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia are regularly hit by smoky haze from slash-and-burn clearances of forests for timber and palm oil plantations, but conditions this year have been the worst since 2015 due to an El Nino weather pattern causing an extended dry spell.

The orangutans in Central Kalimantan were previously trafficked and were taken by authorities there to be rehabilitated before being introduced back into the wild.

Caretakers detected respiratory tract infections in some of them and have started moving them into cages in facilities with cleaner air to be monitored.

Veterinarians there said the Pongo pygmaeus, a native species of orangutans to the island of Borneo, are vulnerable to changing conditions, especially the young.

The air pollution index in Palangka Raya, the capital of Central Kalimantan province on Borneo, has been at a “dangerous” level for days.

Schools in Palangka Raya and another city in Central Kalimantan, Sampit, have been closed this week.

Fires have ripped through more than 328,000 hectares of forests and peatlands in Indonesia since January, causing a choking haze to envelop some cities in Borneo and the island of Sumatra, according to the country’s disaster mitigation agency. (REUTERS)

Monsoon rains to prevail over parts of Luzon, Visayas as PAGASA monitors two LPAs

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA is monitoring two low pressure areas (LPAs) inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) while the southwest monsoon is affecting parts of Luzon and Visayas.

According to PAGASA’s 4:00 AM bulletin, the LPA was observed at 715km East of Basco, Batanes while another LPA was located at 130km West Southwest of Iba, Zambales.

For Tuesday (September 17), PAGASA said monsoon rains will prevail over Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Palawan, and Mindoro Provinces.

Flashfloods in low lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas are highly possible thus residents are advised to take precautionary measures.

Meanwhile, cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will be experienced in Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and the rest of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA also due to the effects of the southwest monsoon.

The trough of the LPA will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.

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

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