Drought still affects 11 provinces in the country

admin   •   June 1, 2016   •   4001

A Drought/Dry Spell Assessment pamphlet which indicates provinces affected by El Niño is pictured on a photo taken on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (UNTV News)

A Drought/Dry Spell Assessment pamphlet which indicates provinces affected by El Niño is pictured on a photo taken on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
(UNTV News)

Rainfall level in some parts of the country remains below normal in the month of may despite PAGASA’s official announcement of the rainy season.

Based on May 29 record of PAGASA, 11 provinces are still affected by drought or experiencing over 60% rainfall reduction in three consecutive months.

Most of these areas are in Luzon, two in the Visayas and three in Mindanao.

Aside from this, 24 provinces are still affected by dry spell or experiencing 21% to 60% rainfall reduction in three consecutive months.

Ilocos Norte and Quezon Province are still affected by dry condition or experiencing 21% to 60% rainfall reduction in two consecutive months.

According to PAGASA, a weaker El Niño phenomenon is still present in the country.

PAGASA Weather Specialist Cherry Cada says, “We have been experiencing a longer El Niño and it still has lingering effect, the drought.”

La Niña condition is more likely to occur starting July and the peak of the impact in the country, which means more flooding, might be experienced in the last quarter of 2016 up to the first quarter of 2017.

PAGASA has announced earlier that around 8 to 17 tropical cyclones might enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility in the coming months but only one is expected this month.

PCOO Sec. Sony Coloma said, the government is implementing a comprehensive program on mitigating the harmful effects of the possible onset of the La Niña scenario.

This covers agriculture, flood control and disaster risk reduction measures at the grassroots level.

(REY PELAYO/UNTV News)

Expect colder days as PAGASA announces onset of amihan season

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Expect colder days ahead after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced the onset of northeast monsoon or amihan season in the country.

PAGASA also observed gradual cooling of the surface air temperature over the northeastern part of Luzon.

“For the past several days, strong to gale-force northeasterly winds have prevailed over Northern Luzon due to the strengthening of the high-pressure system over Siberia and enhanced by passing of low- pressure areas (LPAs),” according to PAGASA

Surges of cold temperatures may also be expected in the coming months, the state weather bureau added.

Meanwhile, with the on-going La Niña, NE monsoon rainfall may be enhanced and could trigger floods, flash floods, and rain-induced landslides over susceptible areas. PAGASA reminded local government units and the public to take precautionary measures. AAC

ITCZ brings scattered rainshowers, thunderstorms over parts of Luzon, Visayas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will continue to bring scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms,  the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Monday.

Scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, and Western Visayas. The state weather bureau warned possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to at times heavy rains.

Cagayan Valley and Aurora will likewise have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms, while the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. AAC

LPA spotted off Eastern Samar — PAGASA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—A low pressure area (LPA) has been spotted in Eastern Samar, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Based on the weather forecast of PAGASA, the LPA was spotted 525 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at around 3 a.m. it is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms are expected in Caraga, Eastern Visayas, and Central Visayas.

Batanes and Cagayan might experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.

In Metro Manila, and the rest of the country, weather will be partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA said the LPA has a low chance of intensifying into a tropical depression within 24 hours. AAC

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