Tropical Depression Nika to exit PAR on Monday – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 12, 2020   •   980

Tropical Depression Nika is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

In its latest severe weather bulletin, the state weather bureau said Nika has maintained strength and is forecast to intensify into tropical storm by Tuesday morning as it moves towards southern China.

Nika was last spotted at 340 kilometers west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur and moving westward at the speed of 15 kilometers per hour (km/h).

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

“On the forecast track, ‘Nika’ will make landfall over Hainan Province in southern China on Wednesday afternoon or evening,” PAGASA said.

The weather agency, however, said parts of the country will still experience rains due to the combined effects of Nika and the southwest monsoon (locally known as habagat).

It said moderate to heavy rains will be experience in Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Northern Palawan (including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands), and Lubang Island.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains is expected over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and the rest of Central Luzon.

PAGASA warned that flashfloods and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.

“The enhancement of both the southwest monsoon and the northeasterly surface windflow will bring strong winds with occasional gusts over the northern and western section of Luzon, especially in coastal and mountainous areas,” the weather bureau said.

Gale Warning is also in effect over the seaboards of Batanes, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, and Bataan due to rough to very rough seas.

“Sea travel is risky over these areas, especially for those using small seacrafts,” PAGASA said.

“Moderate to rough seas will be experienced over the other seaboards of Luzon. Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures while venturing out to sea,” it added.

PAGASA said it is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao at 435 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

“It is forecast to move northwestward towards Bicol Region-Eastern Visayas area today through Wednesday and is likely to develop into a Tropical Depression within 48 hours,” it said.

Aside from the LPA, the weather agency is also monitoring Tropical Depression Chan-Hom which was spotted at 2,295 kilometer east northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon and is moving southward at 10 km/h.

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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