‘Ambo’ intensifies into a severe tropical storm as it nears Bicol

Marje Pelayo   •   May 13, 2020   •   1334

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical cyclone ‘Ambo’ (international mame Vongfong) has gained strength as it approaches Eastern Visayas and Bicol on Wednesday evening (May 13), according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). 

As of 5:00 pm., PAGASA located the weather system at 315 kilometer East of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, packed with maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h and gustiness of up to 115 km/h making it a severe tropical storm. 

It is now moving towards the West-Northwest direction at 10 km/h.

Thus, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) #1 is raised over the following areas:


  • Sorsogon
  • Ticao Island
  • Catanduanes
  • Southern portion of Albay (Oas,Tabaco,Ligao City,Pio Duran,Guinobatan,Malilipot,Jovellar,Camalig,Santo Domingo,Bacacay,Rapu-rapu,Daraga,Legazpi,Manito).


  • Northern Samar
  • Northern portion of Samar (Calbayog,Sta. Margarita,Gandara,Matuguinao,Pagsanghan,San Jorge,San Jose De Buan,Tarangnan,Catbalogan City,Jiabong,Motiong,San Sebastian,Paranas,Hinabangan),and northern portion of Eastern Samar (Jipapad,Arteche,Maslog,Oras,San Policarpio,Dolores,Can-avid,Taft,Sulat,San Julian,Borongan City).

Winds of about 30 to 60 km/h in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains within 36 hours may be expected in the said areas. 

Scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rain showers will be experienced over Eastern Visayas tonight while moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Eastern Visayas, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, and Masbate tomorrow, May 14.

STS Ambo is forecast to further intensify as it approaches the Eastern Visayas-Bicol Region area.

TCWS#1 may also be raised over the southern portion of Camarines Sur and the rest of Albay in the next weather bulletin. MNP (with information from Rey Pelayo)

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

Gaze into the sky and witness a supermoon on April 27

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Hope for clear skies as the full moon on Tuesday (April 27) will be a supermoon, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The state weather bureau said the moon will appear bigger and brighter than a regular full moon during its peak from 11:22 to 11:32 p.m.

The full moon will have a perigee distance of 357,378 kilometers (km) away from Earth, which is the “closest that the moon comes to the earth in its elliptic orbit.”

PAGASA said the term ‘supermoon’, popularized by astrologer Richard Nolle, is astrological in origin and has no precise astronomical definition. AAC


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