PH to witness rare annular solar eclipse on Dec. 26

Marje Pelayo   •   December 20, 2019   •   1904

(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)

Monsoon rains affect parts of Luzon; new tropical cyclone brews outside PAR

Marje Pelayo   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The southwest monsoon is continuously affecting the country.

Based on PAGASA’s 4:00 AM forecast for Monday (July 26), monsoon rains will prevail over Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, and Occidental Mindoro expected to cause possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered to widespread moderate to at times heavy rains.

Metro Manila, Abra, Benguet, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, and Batangas will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms throughout the day.

This could bring moderate to at times heavy rains which could lead to flash floods or landslides as well.

The rest of the country will experienced partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms where flash floods or landslides are possible during severe thunderstorms

Meanwhile, a new tropical cyclone was spotted outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

As of 4:00 AM today, PAGASA located tropical storm Nepartak at 2,980 east northeast of extreme northern Luzon packed with maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h moving northward at 20 km/h.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Infa (formerly Fabian) was at 1,070 kilometers north of extreme northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h and gustiness of up to 140 km/h. It is moving northwestward at 10 km/h.

Both tropical cyclones have no direct impact on any part of the country as of this writing.

Signal #1 remains over Batanes; Typhoon Fabian to exit PAR Friday night — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Fabian is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday evening (July 23) according to state weather agency PAGASA.

As of its 5:00 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Typhoon Fabian was located 540 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes packed with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h and gustiness of 185 km/h.

Thus, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) #1 remains hoisted over the province of Batanes while a cyclone warning signal was earlier lifted for Babuyan Islands.

Given this condition, residents of Batanes will continuously experience strong winds throughout the passage of the typhoon.

Meanwhile, typhoon-enhanced southwest monsoon will continuously experience scattered to widespread monsoon rains over Ilocos Region, Abra, Benguet, Tarlac, Pampanga, Cavite, and Batangas.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail over Metro Manila, the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region, Bulacan, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Northern Palawan including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands.

Also, occasional gusty conditions will be experienced over Visayas and the rest of Luzon, especially in the coastal and upland localities in these areas.

According to PAGASA, Typhoon Fabian is forecast to gradually intensify in the near term and reach its peak intensity tomorrow afternoon.

A weakening trend in its intensity may begin by Sunday morning.

Widespread monsoon rains to prevail over Metro Manila, parts of Luzon as Typhoon Fabian nears exit

Marje Pelayo   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Monsoon rains are expected to continue over Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon on Friday (July 23), according to the state weather agency PAGASA.

In its latest bulletin, PAGASA said Typhoon Fabian is continuously enhancing the southwest monsoon.

This will bring scattered to widespread monsoon rains in the next 24 hours over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Metro Manila, most of CALABARZON and Central Luzon, and portions of MIMAROPA.

As of 5:00 AM Friday, Typhoon Fabian was located 510 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes packed with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 185 km/h, and a central pressure of 955 hPa

It is moving slowly towards the West Northwestward direction.

Strong winds or higher extend outwards up to 630 km from the center thus, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No.1 remains over the areas of Batanes and the Babuyan Islands which is likely to remain throughout the passage of the typhoon, PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, occasionally gusty conditions associated with the enhanced Southwest Monsoon will be experienced over the Visayas and the rest of Luzon, especially in the coastal and upland localities of these areas.

Thus, rough to very rough seas will be experienced over the seaboards of Luzon (including the areas under TCWS #1) and Western Visayas.

Sea travel is risky for small seacrafts over these waters.

Mariners without the proper experience should immediately seek safe harbor.

Based on its movement, typhoon Fabian is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between tonight and tomorrow (24 July) morning.

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