PH to witness rare annular solar eclipse on Dec. 26

Marje Pelayo   •   December 20, 2019   •   1230

(FILE) Photo taken with a solar lens filter of the moon as it covers the sun during an annular solar eclipse is viewed in Bagan, Myanmar, 15 January 2010. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos will have a rare chance to witness a once-in-a-lifetime extraterrestrial phenomenon on December 26.

During a solar eclipse, the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun obscuring the Sun from view.

During an annular solar eclipse, the Moon’s diameter is smaller than the Sun, blocking its light, making the Sun appear like an annulus or ring.

The path of the annular solar eclipse will be from the Saudi Arabian Peninsula, then over Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, then over India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, then over the Philippines to Northern Marianas Island and in Guam towards the end.

A complete view of the annular solar eclipse will be visible in Balut Island in Saranggani, Davao del Sur.

The Moon will begin its passing at 12:45 PM Philippine local time until 3:58 PM on December 26.

The maximum eclipse will be around 2:30 PM and will last only for about two minutes and 32.5 seconds.

A partial eclipse of up to 60% will also be visible in the Metro Manila specifically in Quezon City.

In viewing the eclipse, state weather agency PAGASA warned the public to use appropriate eyewear because the direct view of the sunlight, especially during an eclipse, is harmful to the eye.

PAGASA said a welding mask would do.

Apart from a strategic location in Balut Island, PAGASA will set up a viewing area at the observatory in UP Diliman.

However, PAGASA warned that the eclipse might be distracted by the weather especially that a weather disturbance is likely to happen on December 26 in the country.

PAGASA clarified that there is no scientific study that will prove the effects of a solar eclipse to humans or to animals.

Sea conditions are also observed to be normal during an eclipse.

An annular solar eclipse is so rare that the next time the Earth would witness it is on February 28, 2063. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Typhoon Ambo adds 3 meters to Angat Dam’s reserve

Marje Pelayo   •   May 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Angat Dam has improved in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo in Luzon.

According to the latest reading by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the weather system has added 3.09 meters of water to Angat Dam’s reserve from 187.53 meters on May 15 to 190.62 meters on 6:00 am, Sunday (May 17).

Angat’s water level is now 10 meters over its normal operating level of 180 meters.

Last week, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has increased domestic allocation to Metro Manila from Angat Dam to 48 cubic meters per second from 46 cubic meters per second to maintain enough supply on the duration of the government-imposed community quarantine in view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. –MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Bagyong Ambo inaasahang lalabas ng PAR sa Lunes

Marje Pelayo   •   May 16, 2020

MANILA,Philippines — Napanatili ng bagyong Ambo ang lakas nito habang papatawid sa karagatan ng Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur. 

Batay sa weather bulletin ng Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) ngayong ika-7:00 ng umaga, Sabado (May 16) ang mata ng bagyong Ambo ay natukoy sa karagatan ng Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur, taglay ang lakas ng hangin na aabot sa 75 km/h at pagbugso na aabot naman sa 125 km/h. 

Kumikilos ito patungong Hilaga at hilagang-kanluran sa bilis na 20 km//h.

Ayon sa PAGASA, posibleng lumabas ang bagyong Ambo sa Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) sa Lunes (May 18) ng umaga o kaya ay hapon.

Dahil dito, patuloy na mararanasan ang katamtaman hanggang malakas na pagulan sa Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley at sa Hilagang bahagi ng Aurora at Zambales.

Samantala, inalis na ng PAGASA ang tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) #3 sa alinmang bahagi ng bansa.

Gayunman, nananatiling nakataas ang TCWS#2 sa mga sumusunod na lugar:

Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, silangang bahagi ng Pangasinan (Lingayen, San Carlos City, Basista, Malasiqui, Alcala, Sto. Tomas, Rosales, Balungao, Umingan, Binmaley, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, Urdaneta City, Villasis, Sta. Maria, San Quintin, Dagupan City, Mangaldan, Mapandan, Manaoag, Laoac, Binalonan, Asingan, Tayug, Natividad, San Jacinto, Pozzorubio, San Fabian, Sison, San Manuel, San Nicolas), Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Babuyan Islands, hilaga-kanlurang bahagi ng mainland Cagayan (Santa Praxedes, Claveria, Sanchez Mira, Pamplona, Abulug), Nueva Vizcaya, hilagang bahagi ng Nueva Ecija (Carranglan, Lupao, San Jose City, Pantabangan).

Nakataas naman ang TCWS #1 sa mga sumusunod na lugar:

Batanes, nalalabing bahagi ng Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, the rest of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, hilagang bahagi ng  Zambales (Santa Cruz, Candelaria, Masinloc, Palauig, and Iba), at sa nalalabing bahagi ng Pangasinan.

Pinapayuhan ang mga residente sa mga nasabing lugar na maghanda, mag-ingat at makipagugnayan sa lokal na pamahalaan para sa kaukulang aksyon at tulong na kinakailangan. 

Patuloy ring magbantay sa mga paalala ng PAGASA kaugnay ng nararanasang pagulan dulot ng pagkilos ng bagyo. 

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Bagyong Ambo papalapit na sa hilagang bahagi ng Quezon-Laguna

Marje Pelayo   •   May 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Umuusad na ang Bagyong Ambo patungo sa hilagang bahagi ng Quezon at Laguna habang patuloy na nagpapaulan sa hilagang bahagi naman ng Bondoc Peninsula  sa Southern Quezon.

Ayon sa weather bulletin ng PAGASA kaninang ika-11:00 ng umaga, Biernes (May 15), namataan ang mata ng Bagyong Ambo sa lugar ng Catanauan, Quezon, taglay ang lakas ng hangin na aabot sa 125 km/h malapit sa gitna at pagbugso na aabot sa 165 km/h.

Patuloy itong kumikilos patungong hilaga-kanlurang direksyon sa bilis na 20 km/h

Dahil dito, nakararanas ng katamtaman hanggang malakas na pag-ulan sa mga lugar ng Bicol Region, Quezon, Aurora, Marinduque, Laguna, Rizal, maging sa Metro Manila, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, at Quirino.

Pinapayuhan ang mga residente sa mga nasabing lugar na mag-ingat at maghanda, makipagugnayan sa lokal na pamahalaan sa mga kaukulang paalala at patuloy na i-monitor ang pagkilos ng bagyo sa pamamagitan ng mga advisory ng PAGASA. 

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #3:

  • Quezon kasama ang Polillo Island
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • Timugang bahagi ng Aurora (Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis, Dingalan)
  • Kanlurang bahagi ng Nueva Ecija (Licab, Quezon, Santo Domingo, Talavera, Llanera, Rizal,Bongabon, General Mamerto Natividad, Aliaga, Zaragoza, San Antonio, Jaen, Santa Rosa, Cabanatuan, Palayan, Laur, Gabaldon, Peñaranda, San Leonardo, Cabiao, San Isidro, Gapan, General Tinio)
  • Silangang bahagi ng Bulacan (San Miguel, San Ildefonso, Dona Remedios Trinidad, San Rafael, Angat, Norzagaray, San Jose Del Monte)
  • Kanlurang bahagi ng Camarines Norte (Santa Elena, Capalonga, Jose Panganiban, Paracale, Labo)
  • Dulong kanlurang bahagi ng Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Libmanan, Cabusao, Pasacao, Pamplona)
  • Marinduque

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #2:

  • Metro Manila
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Pampanga
  • Tarlac
  • La Union
  • Benguet
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Aurora
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Camarines Norte
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Nueva Ecija
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Bulacan
  • Burias Island
  • Silangang bahagi ng Pangasinan (San Nicolas, Natividad, San Quintin, Umingan, Balungao, Sta. Maria, Tayug, Asingan, San Manuel, Binalonan, Laoac, Urdaneta, Villasis, Rosales, Sto. Tomas, Alcala, Bautista, Bayambang, Urbiztondo, Basista, Malasiqui, Sta. Barbara, Manaoag, Mapandan, San Jacinto, San Fabian, Pozorrubio, Sison, Mangaldan, Dagupan, Calasiao, Binmaley, Lingayen, Bugallon, Aguilar, San Carlos, Mangatarem)
  • Kanlurang bahagi ng Camarines Sur (Siruma, Tinambac, Calabanga, Bombon, Naga, Magarao, Canaman, Camaligan, Gainza, Milaor, San Fernando, Minalabac, Pili)

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1:

  • Cagayan kasama ang Babuyan Islands
  • Isabela
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Pangasinan
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Abra
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Zambales
  • Bataan
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Romblon
  • Catanduanes
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Camarines Sur,
  • Hilagang bahagi ng mainland Masbate (Aroroy, Mandaon, Balud, Milagros, Baleno, Masbate City, Mobo)
  •  Ticao Island

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