‘Ursula’ gains strength, more areas under Signal #2 – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 24, 2019   •   654

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA hoisted tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) number 1 over several areas in Luzon and Visayas as severe tropical storm ‘Ursula’ continues to intensify.

As of 7:00 AM on Tuesday (December 24), the weather disturbance was located at 250 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, moving towards the westward direction at 30 kph with maximum sustained winds of 100 kph and gustiness of up to 125 kph.

TS Ursula is expected to make landfall over Eastern Samar this afternoon or evening.

As such, PAGASA said, there remains a possibility that portions of Eastern Visayas will be placed under TCWS #3.

Suspension of maritime activities may be expected in areas under TCWS as rough sea conditions will prevail starting today specifically over the eastern seaboards of the country.

Similar sea conditions will be experienced this afternoon or tonight over the inland waters of Southern Luzon and Visayas while tomorrow afternoon over the western seaboards of Southern Luzon.

Thus, sea travel is risky over these areas.

The following are the areas affected by TCWS:

SIGNAL #2 (Winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.)


  1. Romblon
  2. Albay
  3. Sorsogon
  4. Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands


  1. Northern Samar
  2. Eastern Samar
  3. Samar
  4. Leyte
  5. Biliran
  6. Extreme northern Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands
  7. Northeastern Iloilo
  8. Northern Antique
  9. Capiz
  10. Aklan

SIGNAL #1 (Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.)


  1. Bulacan
  2. Bataan
  3. Metro Manila
  4. Rizal
  5. Cavite
  6. Quezon
  7. Laguna
  8. Batangas
  9. Camarines Sur
  10. Camarines Norte
  11. Catanduanes
  12. Marinduque
  13. Romblon
  14. Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
  15. Oriental Mindoro
  16. Calamian Islands
  17. Cuyo Islands


  1. Southern Leyte
  2. The rest of northern Cebu
  3. Central Cebu
  4. Northeastern Bohol
  5. The rest of Antique
  6. The rest of Iloilo
  7. Guimaras
  8. Northern Negros Occidental
  9. Northern Negros Oriental


  1. Dinagat Islands
  2. Surigao del Norte including Siargao
  3. Bucas Grande Islands

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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