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

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019   •   126

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.

‘Perla’ intensifies into a tropical storm — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   October 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA on Friday (October 18) announced that tropical depression ‘Perla’ (International name Neoguri) intensified into tropical storm.

At 4:00 AM today, the weather system was located at 790 km East of Basco, Batanes and it is moving almost stationary.

It is packed with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

Although no tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) currently in effect over any part of the country, PAGASA said TS Perla may bring scattered rains and thunderstorms over the areas of Batanes, Cagayan (including Babuyan Islands) and Apayao beginning Saturday (October 19) or Sunday (October 20).

Thus, the agency advised residents especially owners of small sea vessels that sea travel remain risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions associated with the northeasterly surface wind flow.

Meanwhile, the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Zamboanga Peninsula, Western Visayas and Palawan.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will likewise experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to the effects of localized thunderstorms.

Orionids meteor shower to be visible in PH starting Oct. 17 – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 17, 2019

A green and red Orionid meteor striking the sky below Milky Way and to the right of Venus. Zodiacal light is also seen in the image. The trail appears slightly curved due to edge distortion in the lens. (Photo: Brocken Inaglory/Wikipedia)

MANILA, Philippines – Astronomy enthusiasts in the country will get to see the Orionids meteor shower as it dazzles the night skies starting Thursday, Oct. 17, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

It added that the Orionids meteor shower will be active from Oct. 17 to 25. It will reach its peak on the nights of Oct. 21 to 22.

“At maximum rates, the shower may reach 15 meteors per hour that may be observed at favorable sky condition,” the state weather bureau said, adding that there may also be lulls during the traditional maximum peak nights.

PAGASA explained that the Orionids meteor shower occurs around October when the Earth is passing through the stream of debris left behind by Comet Halley, the parent comet of the Orionid shower.

Orionids meteors are described as bright or radiant, and usually put out the greatest number in the few hours before dawn.  

LPA East of Aurora is now Tropical Depression Perla

Marje Pelayo   •   October 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The low-pressure area (LPA) located east of Aurora province has developed into tropical depression ‘Perla’ at 8:00 AM on Wednesday (October 16), state weather service PAGASA said.

As of 3:00 p.m., the center of TD Perla was located 1,005 km East of Tuguegarao City.

It is moving West Northwest at 25 kph packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.

PAGASA has not issued a tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) yet over any part of the country.

However, the weather system may still bring adverse weather conditions over Batanes, Cagayan (including the Babuyan Islands), and Apayao beginning Friday evening (October 18) or Saturday morning (October 19).

According to PAGASA, TD Perla is less likely to develop into a tropical storm.

The weather agency, however, warned that sea travel remains risky for small sea vessels over the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions associated with the northeasterly surface wind flow.

PAGASA issued gale warning of 2.8-4.5 meters in Batanes, Cgayan inlcuding Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan.

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