Typhoon Hanna gains strength as it nears exit on Friday

Marje Pelayo   •   August 8, 2019   •   1093

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Hanna continues to intensify as it moves towards Japan, according to the latest forecast from state weather service PAGASA.

As of 4:00 AM on Thursday (August 8), the eye of Typhoon Hanna was located at 485 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes, packed with maximum sustained winds of 175 kph and is moving northwest at 15 kph towards the southern part of Ryukyu islands in Japan.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TWCS) #1 remains over Batanes and Babuyan group of islands where light to moderate rains with at times heavy rains and gusty winds will be experienced throughout the day brought about by the enhanced southwest monsoon or habagat.

Likewise, moderate to heavy monsoon rains may affect MIMAROPA, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, and Batangas.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may prevail over Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas.

PAGASA warned that sea travel is not advised over the seaboards of Batanes, the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas, and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao due to potentially rough sea conditions.

The weather agency said Typhoon Hanna is less likely to make landfall on any part of the country but will continue to intensify as it nears exiting the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) expectedly Friday morning.

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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