Wind signals lifted as ‘Ulysses’ weakens, moves to exit PAR

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020   •   803

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced Friday (November 13) that no tropical cyclone wind signals remain in effect following the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

Based on PAGASA’s 5:00 AM bulletin, the weather disturbance has weakened into a severe tropical storm (STS) while moving away from the country.

As of 3:00 AM, the center of STS Ulysses was estimated at 405 km West of Iba, Zambales with maximum sustained winds of 110 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 135 km/h. It is moving Westward at 20 km/h and is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this morning or afternoon.

Based on PAGASA’s forecast, the combined effects of STS Ulysses and the surge of the Northeast Monsoon will continue to bring the following hazards in several areas of Luzon:

Gusty weather conditions

  • Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, and northern Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island.

Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains 

  • Batanes, Babuyan Islands, northern and eastern portions of mainland Cagayan, eastern portion of Isabela, Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Apayao. 

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains 

  • Ilocos Region, the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region, the rest of Cagayan Valley, the northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Zambales, and Bataan.

Generally, the tail-end of the frontal system will bring Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon will cause Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over the entire Ilocos Region.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country, PAGASA said, will have a generally fair weather with at times partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

TD Crising aims for Surigao del Sur-Davao Oriental area tonight or Friday — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Low Pressure Area (LPA) over the Philippine sea east of Davao City has developed into tropical depression ‘Crising’ at 2:00 AM Thursday (May 13), based in the latest weather bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

On the forecast track, TD Crising is likely to make landfall over Surigao del Sur-Davao Oriental area between tonight and Friday (May 14) early morning.

Although a slight intensification remains likely, TD Crising is forecast to remain as a tropical depression prior to landfall.

Throughout tomorrow, the tropical depression is expected to traverse the rugged landmass of Mindanao and may emerge over the Sulu Sea on Saturday (May 15) early morning.

It is seen to weaken into a remnant low on Sunday (May 16) early morning.

On Thursday, the state weather agency PAGASA hoisted tropical cyclone wind signal (TWCS) number 1 over the areas of Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, and the eastern portion of Agusan del Sur (Prosperidad, San Francisco, Rosario, Bunawan, Trento, Santa Josefa, Veruela).

This means, winds of 30 km/h to 60 km/h may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours in the affected areas between today and Friday (May 14).

Also under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding and flash floods as well as rain-induced landslides are possible during heavy or prolonged rainfall.

PAGASA also warned that strong breeze to near gale conditions is likely over the localities covered by TWCS No.1 especially in the coastal and mountainous areas of these localities.

In the next 24 hours, moderate to rough seas will be experienced over the eastern seaboard of Mindanao due to the impact of TD Crising.

Mariners of small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over these waters.

Inexperienced mariners of these vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.

PAGASA monitors low pressure area east of Davao City

Marje Pelayo   •   May 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) brewing near the southern section of the country.

As of 10:00 AM Wednesday (May 12), the LPA was estimated at 595 kilometers East of Davao City.

It is forecast to move generally westward or west-northwestward towards Mindanao but is less likely to develop into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours.

PAGASA said the trough of LPA will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental in the next 24 hours.

Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are likely during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps.

Adjacent or nearby areas may also experience flooding in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels.

The public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned are advised to take appropriate measures and monitor regular updates on this weather disturbance through the agency’s official website.

Mark your stargazing calendars! Witness meteor showers, lunar eclipse in May

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Catch the Eta Aquarid meteor shower and the total lunar eclipse in May.

About 20 or more meteors per hour will be seen from the sky as the Earth passes close to the orbit of Halley’s comet, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The meteor shower is usually active between April 19 and May 28 every year.

“The point from where the meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer,” PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, on May 26, a total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Philippine sky. The entire event will be seen in South/East Asia, Australia, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

PAGASA said the eclipse will begin at 4:47 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (PhST) and will end at 9:49 p.m. (PhST).

In Manila, the moon will rise at 6:14 P.M. on 26 May and will set at 4:49 A.M. on 27 May 2021.

The state weather bureau assured that lunar eclipses are safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes. A pair of binocular will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the moon brighter. AAC

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