New LPA spotted east of Southern Luzon — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   January 20, 2021   •   385

MANILA, Philippines — The low pressure area (LPA) northeast of Romblon, dissipated at 8:00 AM on Wednesday (January 20), the state weather bureau PAGASA reported.

However, another LPA was seen to have developed east of Southern Luzon at 8:00 AM and at 10:00 AM today, specifically located 250 km East of Virac, Catanduanes. 

PAGASA said the LPA is less likely to develop into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the tail-end of a frontal system is affecting the eastern section of Central Luzon. 

In the next 24 hours, the combined effects of the LPA and tail-end of a frontal system will bring moderate to heavy rains with at times intense rains over Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, and the eastern portion of Cagayan. 

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Cordillera Administrative Region, CALABARZON, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Camarines Norte, and the rest of Cagayan Valley. 

This weather condition may cause flooding including flashfloods and rain-induced landslides during heavy or prolonged periods of rainfall, especially in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

Localities that received significant amounts of rainfall during the past couple of days or weeks also face similar hazards. 

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

Residents in the area are advised to take precautionary measures and monitor further updates about the weather disturbance from PAGASA.

Meanwhile, cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon also due to the effects of the LPA and the Tail-end of the Frontal System.

Similar weather conditions will be experienced in Central and Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Caraga due to the LPA while the rest of the country will have partly  cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

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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