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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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PAGASA reports record-high air temperature in Metro Manila at 36.6°C

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2019

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported a record-high temperature in Metro Manila at 36.6 degrees Celsius.

The current highest temperature was recorded at Science Garden monitoring station in Quezon City around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday (April 21).

It is higher compared to the 35.9 degrees Celsius recorded last April 13 this year.

PAGASA said that the high air temperature is due to the prevailing easterly winds or warm and humid air coming from the Pacific coast. — Aileen Cerrudo

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8 provinces, 31 areas under state of calamity due to El Niño

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More than 35 areas across the country are now under state of calamity due to the effects of El Niño.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), eight provinces and 31 cities and municipalities have recorded extreme damage in agriculture, particularly corn and palay, with an estimated value of P5.051 billion pesos.

The areas under state of calamity are:

CAR – Paracelis, Mt. Province

REGION II- Dupax del Norte, Nueva Viscaya

CALABARZON – Quezon Province

MIMAROPA – San Jose and Rizal, Occidental Mindoro ; Sta Cruz, Marinduque

REGION V – Camarines Sur

REGION VI – Lambunao and Bingawan, Iloilo; Murcia, Negros Occidental

REGION VII – Cebu

REGION IX – Zamboanga City

REGION XII  –  COTABATO Alamada, M’lang, Pikit, Aleosan, Magpet, Tulan, Arakan, Cotabato, Matalam, Kidapawan City, Lutayan, Sulatan Kudarat; Alabel Sarangani; Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat; T’Boli, South Cotabato; Sultan Kudarat Province

MAGUINDANAO, BARMM

Paglat, Sultan Kudarat; Matanog; Datu Abdullah Sangki ; Pagalungan; Upi ; Ampatuan Province of Basilan

About 164,000 farmers and over 177, 000 hectares of farmlands are now affected, the NDRRMC said.

Meanwhile, the water level in Angat Dam continues to recede due to El Niño.

According to PAGASA, water reserve in Angat Dam has dropped by half a meter to 185.15 meters on Wednesday (April 17) as compared to its measurement yesterday.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) advised farmlands to brace for the possible cut in irrigation once the water level in Angat Dam further drops to 180 meters as the agency opts to prioritize water requirement in Metro Manila. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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2 Neg Occ towns under state of calamity due to drought

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Hectares of dried-up rice fields affected by 2019 El Niño

A state of calamity was declared in Murcia and Isabela, Negros Occidental because of the severe effects of El Niño phenomenon.

80% of the rice field of A and G Esteban Farmers Association in Barangay San Miguel, Murcia, Negros Occidental is affected by El Niño phenomenon.

The president of the association Rosie Alit said they had no choice but to feed the affected crops to their buffaloes because they no longer have a use for it.

“Hindi na iyan namin mapapakinabangan basta nasa booting stage at milking ang matamaan sa palay wala nang pag-asa, hindi na iyan maka-recover, (We no longer have any use of it. As long as booting stage and milking [stage] were affected in the crops, there is no hope to save it.)” she said.

In the country, around 30 areas, which include 5 provinces and 25 cities/municipalities, are under a state of calamity due to the effects of El Niño.

READ: Albay under state of calamity due to El Niño

Agricultural damage brought by the severe drought reached to over P5 billion with more than 164,000 farmers affected.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) already began their cloud seeding operation in affected areas.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

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