Tropical Storm Leon to bring heavy rains over parts of Luzon, may exit PAR on Thursday

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2020   •   215

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical depression Leon has developed into a tropical storm, according to the latest bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday (September 16), TS Leon was located at 225 km west northwest of Coron, Palawan, packed with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h and is moving west northwest at 10 km/h.

TS Leon is expected to further strengthen and is forecast to reach severe tropical storm category within 24 hours and then develop into a typhoon within 48 hours, according to PAGASA.

The agency warned of moderate to heavy rains over the areas of Aurora, Rizal, Palawan (including Kalayaan, Calamian, and Cuyo Islands), Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, Western Visayas, and Negros Oriental due to combined impact of TS Leon and the Southwest Monsoon or Habagat.

As of 5:00 am today, no tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) is in effect as the agency lifted the wind signal previously raised over Calamian Island in Palawan. 

However, gusty winds may be experienced in the areas of Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Palawan (including Kalayaan, Calamian, and Cuyo Islands), Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, and Western Visayas.

Meanwhile, moderate to at times heavy rains are expected over Bicol Region, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Metro Manila, Isabela, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and the rest of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Visayas.

PAGASA advised residents in affected areas to monitor against potential flooding and rain-induced landslides during times of heavy or prolonged rainfall.

Meanwhile, gale Warning is in effect over the western seaboard of Palawan (including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands) and Occidental Mindoro (including Lubang Island) due to rough to very rough seas with waves reaching up to 4.5 meters.

Sea travel is risky over these areas.

Tropical storm Leon expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday morning (September 17).

LPA, Habagat to bring rainshowers, thunderstorms in parts of PH – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines –  Cloudy skies with rainshowers due to a low pressure area (LPA) and the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) are expected to prevail over several parts of Luzon and Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday.

In its daily weather forecast, PAGASA said scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms may be experienced over Isabela, Aurora, Quezon Province including Polillo Island, Bicol Region, Northern Samar, MIMAROPA and Western Visayas.

The agency warned residents against possible flashfloods and landslides during severe thunderstorms.

At 3 p.m., PAGASA spotted the LPA 440 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora.

Meanwhile, localized thunderstorms may bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

Flashfloods and landslides are also possible, the weather agency added.

LPA to bring rains over Metro Manila, rest of Luzon

Marje Pelayo   •   September 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — State weather agency PAGASA is monitoring a brewing low pressure area (LPA) in the eastern direction of Infanta, Quezon. 

As of 3:00 AM Thursday (September 24), the weather system was located at 655 km East of Infanta, Quezon. 

This will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and CALABARZON

Also, the Southwest Monsoon or Habagat is now affecting areas of Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Dolphin (formerly Tropical Depression Marce) was located 2,500 km Northeast of extreme northern Luzon and is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). 

Longer nights, shorter days ahead as autumnal equinox occurs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2020

Expect longer nights and shorter days after the occurrence of autumnal equinox last Tuesday night (September 22), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

An equinox in Latin, means ‘equal night’. PAGASA explained that it is when day and night are of approximately equal duration all over the planet. After the autumnal equinox, the country will experience longer nights and shorter days due to the Sun traversing its shortest path of the year at the time of the winter solstice.

“Philippine nights will be longer as the sun moves below the celestial equator towards the southern hemisphere,” PAGASA said.

PAGASA also clarified that the equinox will not affect the change of temperature in the country. AAC

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