Signal #3 lifted as ‘Jolina’ weakens to severe tropical storm

Marje Pelayo   •   September 7, 2021   •   213

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has lifted tropical cyclone wind signal (TWCS) No.3  as ‘Jolina’ weakened into a severe tropical storm.

Based on PAGASA’s 5:00 p.m. bulletin on Tuesday (September 7), the weather system was was estimated 60 km west northwest of Masbate City, Masbate or 90 km east of Romblon, Romblon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 125 km/h.

It is now moving over the Sibuyan Sea.

Given this development, wind signal #2 remains over the following areas:

The central and southern portions of Quezon, the southern portion of Rizal, Laguna, the southeastern portion of Batangas, the northeastern portion of Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Sorsogon, the western portion of Albay, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, the western and southern portion of Camarines Sur, and the western portion of Camarines Norte.

These areas may experience damaging gale-force to storm-force winds in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, signal #1 is up in the following areas:

The southern portion of Aurora, the southern portion of Quirino, the southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Metro Manila, the rest of Rizal, the rest of Quezon, Cavite, the rest of Batangas, the rest of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island,the rest of Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, and the rest of Albay

The northwestern portion of Samar, Biliran, the northwestern portion of Leyte, the northern portion of Cebu, the northern portion of Negros Occidental, Capiz, Aklan, the northern portion of Iloilo, and the northwestern portion of Antique.

These areas will experience strong winds prevailing or expected within 36 hours.

PAGASA said areas under wind signal #2 will experience heavy to at times torrential rains
while those under Signal #1 will have moderate to heavy with at times intense rains including Metro Manila, Aurora, the rest of CALABARZON, and Western Visayas.

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

According to PAGASA, STS Jolina may make landfall or pass near the Marinduque-Southern Quezon area tomorrow morning. It is expected to traverse over Tayabas Bay and will make another landfall over the southwestern portion of Quezon by tomorrow afternoon.

Throughout the remainder of tomorrow and into Thursday morning, the tropical cyclone is forecast to traverse CALABARZON (roughly south of Metro Manila) and Central Luzon before exiting the landmass.

It is seen to downgrade to tropical storm category as it heads over the West Philippine Sea before noon on Thursday.

Nyatoh to bring rain over Palawan, Mindanao as it moves away from PAR

UNTV News   •   December 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will be experienced in Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and the southern portion of Palawan due to the trough of Typhoon Nyatoh which is moving further away from the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the weather bureau said Friday.

They typhoon was last located 1,495 km east of northern Luzon packing maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned against possible flash floods or landslides in these areas during moderate to at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon will cause light rains over Cagayan Valley, Apayao, Kalinga, Ifugao, Mt. Province, and Aurora. It will also bring cloudy skies with isolated light rains to Metro Manila and the rest of the country according to PAGASA.


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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


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