Monsoon rains to affect areas in Luzon as STS Dindo exits

Marje Pelayo   •   August 3, 2020   •   864

MANILA, Philippines — Severe tropical storm (STS) Dindo is expected to exit the Philippine area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday morning but the southwest monsoon may bring occasional heavy rains over certain areas in Luzon, according to the latest forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 5:00 a.m., the state weather agency located STS Dindo at 475 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes and is now over the Yaeyama Islands in the Southern Ryukyu island in Japan. 

It is moving northwestward towards the East China Sea while exiting PAR this morning. 

It is likely to make landfall over Zhejiang Province in eastern China tomorrow early morning as a Severe Tropical Storm.

PAGASA said no tropical cyclone wind signal is currently in effect as STS Dindo has no direct impact on the country at the moment. 

However, occasional rains due to the Southwest Monsoon will be experienced over Batanes and Babuyan Islands. 

Meanwhile, the Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, the whole of Central Luzon and the rest of Cagayan Valley will be cloudy with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm also due to the southwest monsoon.

According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience generally improving weather condition apart from the isolated afternoon or evening rainshowers or thunderstorms.

The weather bureau is not expecting any tropical cyclone after STS Dindo in the next 24 hours or in the next two to three days, Perez said.

Meanwhile, a gale warning is in effect over the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboards of Central Luzon. 

Sea travel is risky over these areas due to rough to very rough seas with waves that may reach from 2.5 to 4.5 meters.

Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures while venturing out over the other seaboards of Luzon due to moderate to rough seas with waves that could reach from 1.2 to 2.6 meters.

Thus, PAGASA advised the public and concerned local disaster risk reduction and management offices to monitor the agency’s weather advisory to take appropriate measures.

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

Typhoon Bising slightly weakens; signal no. 1 still up in 3 areas – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   April 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Bising has slightly weakened as it accelerates northward, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Wednesday.

In its 5 p.m. severe weather bulletin, PAGASA said that the following areas remain under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal number 1:

  • Batanes
  • The eastern portion of Cagayan (Santa Ana, Gonzaga, Lal-Lo, Gattaran, Baggao, Peñablanca, Camalaniugan, Buguey, Aparri, Santa Teresita, Alcala, Amulung, Iguig, Tuguegarao City) including Babuyan Islands
  • The eastern portion of Isabela (San Pablo, Maconacon, Divilacan, Tumauini, Cabagan, Palanan, Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Benito Soliven, San Mariano, Ilagan, Gamu, Naguilian)

Based on the forecast track, PAGASA said that Bising will move generally northward or north northwestward until Thursday morning, when the typhoon will be nearest to the landmass of Northern Luzon.

Afterwards, the typhoon will move northeastward away from the landmass throughout Thursday, and is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday morning.

Bising was last spotted at 345 kilometers east northeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan or 345 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan.

The typhoon is packing maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center and gustiness of up to 205 km/h. It is moving northward at 15 km/h.

PAGASA said Bising is forecast to gradually weaken throughout the remainder of the forecast period. The typhoon will likely be downgraded to severe tropical storm category by Friday and tropical storm category by Saturday.

 

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