Typhoon Onyok slows down as it nears exit

Marje Pelayo   •   September 30, 2019   •   527

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Onyok has slightly slowed down as it moves towards the northwest direction over the Philippine Sea, according to state weather service PAGASA.

As of 5:AM on Monday (September 30), the weather system was located at 180km Northeast of Basco, Batanes with a speed of 20kph, packed with maximum sustained winds of 120kph and gustiness of 150 kph.

PAGASA raised tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 1 over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands which means winds of 30 to 60kph or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.

According to PAGASA, the trough of Onyok will bring scattered light to moderate rain showers and isolated thunderstorms over the provinces of Cagayan, Apayao and Ilocos between today and tomorrow (October 1) morning.

Sea travel remains risky especially for small sea vessels over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions, according to PAGASA.

Typhoon Onyok is less likely to make landfall in the country and it is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) tonight.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country, meanwhile, will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers throughout the day due to localized thunderstorms.

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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