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June 30 2015
Today may mark the end of June, but the rains are just getting started. Rainy weather will continue due to the presence of the low pressure area (LPA) embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ). The LPA exists within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was spotted at 750 kilometers east of Eastern Samar. PAGASA Weather Specialist Rene Paciente said that if the LPA does not dissipate, it can move closer or might cross Luzon in the next few days.

The said weather disturbance will bring rains and thunderstorms over Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao, while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with chances of isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, some parts of the National Capital Region experienced rains early this morning. Based on the rainfall data of PAGASA, here are the highest amount of rain accumulated as of 2:00AM:

June 30 2015 RF Advisory

PAGASA continues to eye two low pressure areas (LPAs) outside the PAR. According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez, the LPA located in the farthest distance has a chance of developing into a tropical cyclone and entering the PAR. However, these weather disturbances are still too far, and changes may still occur. All are advised to monitor updates and further development.

As of now, no tropical cyclone exists within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). However, the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) will dump moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Mindanao. Visayas will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms, while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with chances of isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

The ITCZ is an area where winds coming from the northern and southern hemispheres meet. When winds converge, clouds are formed, bringing rains and thunderstorms over the affected areas. Dubbed as the breeding ground of low pressure areas (LPA), weather disturbances usually develop within the ITCZ.

PAGASA Weather Forecaster Manny Mendoza says the axis of the ITCZ oscillates from time to time, thus, it can move from north to south or vice versa. It is also expected to reach Luzon in the coming weeks and might prevail until the month of August.

As the ITCZ continues to be the dominant weather system, a cloud cluster is being monitored within the PAR, located east of Mindanao. Mendoza said it may dissipate in the next few days.

Photo credit: Japan Meteorological Agency
Photo credit: Japan Meteorological Agency

Meanwhile, two new low pressure areas are closely monitored outside the PAR. PAGASA Weather Forecaster Gladys Saludes said the 1st LPA was spotted at approximately 500 kilometers east of PAR while the other LPA was located at around 1,500 to 2,000 kilometers east of the boundary. These weather disturbances have the chance of developing into tropical cyclones and are expected to enter the PAR by next week. All are advised to monitor updates and further development.

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The intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is an area where the wind from the northern and southern hemispheres meet, resulting to cloud formation. The axis of ITCZ is now across Mindanao, bringing light to moderate rains over Visayas and Mindanao.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have fair weather apart from isolated rains or thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, a new low pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine boundary is being monitored by PAGASA. According to State Meteorologist Meno Mendoza, it’s to early to determine if this LPA will develop into a tropical cyclone.

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The same weather conditions yesterday continue today as the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) oscillates back to Mindanao.

The said weather system will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms over Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon can expect thunderstorm formations in the afternoon or evening.

Also, no weather disturbance has been monitored to affect the Philippine area of responsibility within 24 hours, according to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Buddy Javier.

Meanwhile, as June comes to a close, Javier shares that in the coming month, we can expect the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, which will bring rains mostly in the western side of the country.

July also marks the continued presence of the ITCZ, bringing rainy weather over affected areas. Known to be the breeding ground of low pressure areas and tropical cyclones, this might bring an average of 2 to 3 bagyo in the country during said month.

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza/4069052407
Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza/4069052407

With rainy days becoming more frequent this June, there are two things we want to do more often—
eat and sleep.

When the rains dampen our clothes and mood, we usually crave for hot, filling dishes that will give us comfort during the gloomy weather.

So, go ahead and indulge in our Top 5 Rainy Day Pinoy comfort food:

1. CHAMPORADO
Nothing beats champorado when the weather gets cold. Both filling and sweet, this chocolate rice porridge is made of glutinous rice mixed with milk and instant cocoa powder or native tablea (pure cocoa blocks). It’s a popular breakfast and meriyenda fare best enjoyed with dried fish.

2. ARROZ CALDO or GOTO
The name arroz caldo is Spanish in origin, which literally means “rice broth”, but the dish actually originated from the Chinese. This rice porridge often served to keep the stomach warm. Because it’s easily digested, it is also served to those feeling under the weather.

Whereas arroz caldo uses chicken, goto uses tripe, beef and internal organs. Meanwhile, lugaw is simply plain rice congee. You will certainly like these warm dishes on a rainy day—or night!

3. BULALO
Bulalo is a tender beef shank soup with the marrow still inside the bone. A very flavorful and rich dish, it is a certified favorite during the rainy season. However, take care in consuming bulalo as it is high in cholesterol and calories.

4. SOPAS
A creamy and hearty soup ideal not just for the cold weather but also for giving relief to common tag-ulan sicknesses such as cough, colds and fever, sopas is made of elbow macaroni, milk, shredded veggies and chicken bits.

5. SINIGANG
Best known for its sour base of tamarind, the preparation of this Filipino soup dish varies per region. It often incorporates any of the following meats: fish pork, shrimp or beef cooked with vegetables like kangkong, okra, tomatoes and radish among others. You’ll be enjoying sipping its balance of salty, sour and spicy while listening to the pitter-patter of rain on your roof.

But if you’re craving a quick fix, dash to the nearest bakery and buy hot pan de sal. Spread with peanut butter, cheese or jam and dunk it in your coffee or hot chocolate drink. There are many delicious ways to keep warm this tag-ulan!

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The axis of the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is now across Visayas.

This means rainy weather, not only in the Visayas, but also over MIMAROPA and Mindanao. The remaining parts of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms usually in the afternoon or evening.

Meanwhile, a cloud cluster outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) is being monitored by the weather bureau.

State Meteorologist Jori Loiz said that this might develop into a low pressure area and enter the PAR late this week or early next week.

Its possibility of becoming a tropical cyclone is currently being assessed. Once it does, this might enhance the southwest monsoo,n bringing more rains especially over the western section of the Philippines.

In relation to the southwest monsoon, Loiz shared that it is affecting not only the Philippines, but also other countries in Southeast Asia. In fact, India is experiencing heavy rains due to a strong monsoon today.

June 24
Since the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) declared the onset of rainy season yesterday, more frequent thunderstorms are expected over the western section of the country. Compared to the hot and dry season, thunderstorms can occur in any part of the day, even in the early morning.


Today, the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) remains as the dominant weather system, bringing cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms over Mindanao. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.


According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza, the tropical cyclone Kujira has made landfall over Vietnam and continues to move farther away from the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). He added that the southwest monsoon or habagat may have gradually weakened but is still expected to intensify in the coming days.


Mendoza advises the public to keep monitoring updates because there is still a possibility for a weather disturbance to enter or develop within the PAR before the month of June ends. The weather bureau will continue monitoring the cloud clusters embedded along the ITCZ.

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Just a week before the end of the month, PAGASA finally declared the onset of rainy season. In a press conference held at 11:00 AM today, PAGASA confirmed that all criteria for the official declaration had been satisfied, including the prevalent occurrence of thunderstorms, and the entry of the southwest monsoon or habagat.


Due to the warm and moist characteristics of habagat, intermittent to continuous rains and thunderstorms will be more frequent in the country. However, Mr. Anthony Lucero of the Climate Monitoring and Prediction Section (CLIMPS) of PAGASA explained that tag-ulan will be officially experienced over the Climate Type 1 areas, covering the western parts of Luzon and Visayas.


Its onset this year was quite delayed compared to the previous years. From 2000 to 2014, tag-ulan occurred during the last week of May to early June. Historically, the latest onset of the rainy season was in 1980, where it was declared during the month of July.


In their press statement, PAGASA said that the El Niño is still present and is expected to intensify into a moderate to strong one in the second half of the year. PAGASA Acting Administrator Vicente Malano further explained that within the next three months, near normal to above normal rainfall condition is expected.

From October to December this year, until the first quarter of 2016, way below normal rainfall will be experienced due to the El Niño. Mr. Lucero said that the full impact of this weather phenomenon will be felt on October with a 60 to 80 percent rainfall reduction, most likely to continue until December.

Based on the latest drought/dry spell outlook for July 2015, 31 affected provinces will experience improvement while 16 will experience the El Niño’s continuous impact. El Niño may gradually weaken in the early months of 2016, and may completely terminate by May next year. Despite the onset of the rainy season, the weather bureau advises the public to keep conserving water.

Meanwhile, PAGASA mentioned that an average of 11 to 16 tropical cyclones is still expected to enter or develop within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) until the end of this year.


Despite the constant presence of the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), dubbed as the breeding ground of low pressure areas, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Buddy Javier said that no weather disturbance is expected to affect the country within the next 3 days.

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Rainy weather will prevail in most parts of the country due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza said that the LPA imbedded along the ITCZ across Visayas has dissipated yesterday evening.

Today, ITCZ will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, Visayas and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will be experienced over the rest of Luzon. Isolated rains or thunderstorms are possible during the latter part of the day.