PH to witness rare annular solar eclipse on Dec. 26

Marje Pelayo   •   December 20, 2019   •   1589

(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)

New LPA likely to enter PH on Wednesday or Thursday — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   October 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Quinta is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday morning (October 27), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). 

However, the trough of Typhoon Quinta combined with the effects of the tail-end- of the frontal system will bring moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila, Western Visayas and other parts of Luzon specifically in Occidental Mindoro, Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, Kalayaan Islands, Aurora, Isabela and Cagayan.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail over Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and the rest of Luzon and Visayas.

Meanwhile, the state weather agency is monitoring another low pressure area (LPA) spotted outside the PAR which is likely to enter the country on Wednesday (October 28) or Thursday (October 29). 

As of 4:00 AM today, the LPA was estimated based on all available data at 1,855 km East of Southern Luzon.

It is likely to develop into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours.

Signal #1 remains up in 5 areas as Typhoon Quinta moves to exit

Marje Pelayo   •   October 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Quinta has slightly intensified as it moved towards the West Philippine Sea, according to the latest bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 5:00 pm Monday (October 26),  PAGASA has lifted higher tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) in several parts of the country except for five areas where TCWS No.1 (30-60 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours) remains.

These areas are the following:

LUZON

  • Batangas
  • Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Calamian Islands

VISAYAS

  • The extreme northern portion of Antique (Caluya)

Typhoon Quinta is expected to bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, CALABARZON, Aurora, and Isabela. 

The tail-end of a frontal system likewise brings moderate to heavy rains over Cagayan, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur. 

These two weather systems will prevail through tomorrow (October 27) and will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Metro Manila, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, and the rest of Luzon. 

Residents in affected areas are advised to take precautionary measures against potential flooding and landslides that may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. 

Typhoon Quinta is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) tomorrow morning. 

Signal No.3 remains in some parts of Luzon as Typhoon Quinta batters Mindoro Island

Marje Pelayo   •   October 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines— Typhoon Quinta maintains its strength and is traversing the vicinity of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro, according to today’s 8:00AM weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

On Monday (October 26) morning, Typhoon Quinta is forecast to remain a typhoon as it hovers over Mindoro Island.

After emerging over the West Philippine Sea, this typhoon is seen to re-intensify and may reach its peak intensity within 24 to 48 hours.

Typhoon Quinta is forecast to exit the PAR Tuesday morning (October 27).

As forecast, typhoon Quinta will bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, CALABARZON, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Aklan, Capiz, and Antique. 

The tail-end of a frontal system will likewise bring moderate to heavy rains over Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur. 

The combined effects of these two weather systems will also bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Metro Manila, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and the rest of Luzon and Visayas. 

Residents in affected areas are advised to take measures against flooding including flash floods and landslides that may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) remains hoisted over several parts of the country as follows:

TCWS #3 (Winds of greater than 121 km/h up to 170 km/h may be expected in at least 18 hours.)

  • Luzon
    • The southern portion of Batangas (Lian, Tuy, San Juan, Rosario, Padre Garcia, Lipa City, Cuenca, San Jose, Ibaan, Taysan, Lobo, Batangas City, Mabini, Tingloy, San Pascual, Bauan, Alitagtag, San Luis, Taal, Santa Teresita, Calatagan, Balayan, Calaca, Lemery, Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Mataas Na Kahoy)
    • The northern and central portion of Oriental Mindoro (Oriental Mindoro (Mansalay, Roxas, Bongabong, Bansud, Gloria, Pinamalayan, Pola, Socorro, Victoria, Naujan, Calapan City, Baco, San Teodoro, Puerto Galera)
    • The northern and central portion of Occidental Mindoro (San Jose, Rizal, Calintaan, Sablayan, Santa Cruz, Mamburao, Paluan, Abra de Ilog) including Lubang Island

TCWS #2 (Winds of greater than 61 km/h and up to 120 km/h may be expected in at least 24 hours.)

  • Luzon
    • Quezon
    • Rizal
    • Laguna
    • The rest of Batangas
    • Cavite
    • Metro Manila
    • The southern portion of Bulacan (Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Baliuag, Pulilan, Calumpit, Hagonoy, Paombong, Malolos City, Plaridel, Bustos, San Jose del Monte City, Santa Maria, Pandi, Guiguinto, Balagtas, Bulacan, Bocaue, Meycauayan City, Obando, Marilao)
    • The southern portion of Pampanga (Lubao, Sasmuan, Macabebe, Masantol, Minalin, Apalit)
    • Bataan
    • Marinduque
    • The northern portion of Romblon (Concepcion, Banton, Corcuera, Romblon, San Agustin, Calatrava, San Andres, Odiongan, Santa Maria)
    • The rest of Oriental Mindoro
    • The rest of Occidental Mindoro
    • Calamian Islands
  • Visayas
    • The extreme northern portion of Antique (Caluya)

TCWS #1 (Winds of 30-60 km/h may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.)

  • Luzon
    • Camarines Norte
    • The western portion of Camarines Sur (Siruma, Tinambac, Calabanga, Naga City, Pili, Bula, Balatan, Minalabac, Milaor, Bombon, Magarao, Canaman, Camaligan, Gainza, San Fernando, Pasacao, Pamplona, Cabusao, Libmanan, Sipocot, Lupi, Ragay, Del Gallego)
    • Burias Island
    • The rest of Romblon
    • The northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay) including Cuyo Islands
    • The southern portion of Aurora (Dingalan, San Luis)
    • The southern portion of Nueva Ecija (Gabaldon, Laur, Palayan City, General Tinio, Cabanatuan City, Aliaga, Zaragoza, Jaen, San Antonio, Santa Rosa, Peñaranda, Gapan City, San Leonardo, San Isidro, Cabiao)
    • The southern portion of Tarlac (La Paz, Tarlac City, San Jose, Concepcion, Capas, Bamban)
    • The rest of Bulacan
    • The rest of Pampanga
    • The central and southern portion of Zambales (Iba, Botolan, Cabangan, San Felipe, San Narciso, San Antonio, San Marcelino, Castillejos, Subic, Olongapo City)
  • Visayas
    • Aklan
    • The rest of the northern portion of Antique (Laua-An, Barbaza, Tibiao, Culasi, Sebaste, Pandan, Libertad)

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