Typhoon Bising maintains strength as it batters Bicol, Samar and Leyte areas

Marje Pelayo   •   April 19, 2021   •   332

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Bising has maintained its strength as it continues to pour moderate to heavy rains over Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, and Leyte.

According to state weather agency PAGASA, as of 4:00 a.m. Monday (April 19), the eye of the typhoon was located at 250 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes. It is moving north northwestward at 10 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 240 km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #2 remains in effect over the areas of:

Luzon
* Catanduanes, the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan, Sagnay, San Jose, Lagonoy), the eastern portion of Albay (Tiwi, Malinao, Tabaco City, Malilipot, Santo Domingo, Bacacay, Rapu-Rapu, Legazpi City, Manito), and the eastern and central portions of Sorsogon (Castilla, Sorsogon City, Prieto Diaz, Gubat, Barcelona, Casiguran, Juban, Magallanes, Bulan, Bulusan, Irosin, Santa Magdalena, Matnog)

Visayas
* Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Biliran

Said areas will experience winds of greater than 61 km/h and up to 120 km/h in at least 24 hours.

Meanwhile, TCWS#1 is hoisted in the areas of:

Luzon
* The eastern portion of Isabela (Divilacan, Palanan, Dinapigue), the northern portion of Aurora (Casiguran, Dilasag), the southeastern portion of Quezon (Guinayangan, Calauag, Tagkawayan) including Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur, the rest of Albay, the rest of Sorsogon, and Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands

Visayas
* Leyte, Southern Leyte, and the northern portion of Cebu (Tabogon, Borbon, San Remigio, Bogo City, Medellin, Daanbantayan) including Bantayan and Camotes Islands

Mindanao
* Dinagat Islands, Siargao Islands, and Bucas Grande Islands

Winds of 30-60 km/h may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.

According to PAGASA’s forecast, typhoon Bising will move generally northward or north northwestward until Wednesday (April 21) evening or Thursday (April 22) early morning.

Afterwards, the typhoon will move northeastward throughout Thursday and east northeastward on Friday away from the landmass of Luzon.

The typhoon is forecast to maintain its current intensity in the next 12 to 24 hours before gradually weakening throughout the remainder of the forecast period.

PAGASA monitors low pressure area east of Davao City

Marje Pelayo   •   May 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) brewing near the southern section of the country.

As of 10:00 AM Wednesday (May 12), the LPA was estimated at 595 kilometers East of Davao City.

It is forecast to move generally westward or west-northwestward towards Mindanao but is less likely to develop into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours.

PAGASA said the trough of LPA will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental in the next 24 hours.

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

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

The public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned are advised to take appropriate measures and monitor regular updates on this weather disturbance through the agency’s official website.

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

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