The northeast monsoon, locally known as “hanging amihan”, continues to affect the country, particularly Northern Luzon. Cloudy skies with light rains will be experienced in Cagayan Valley and the province of Aurora, while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will dominate in the regions of Ilocos and Cordillera. The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms.
Sea conditions will be favorable for fishing boats and other seacraft. No gale warning was issued today, thus, sea travel is safe for those who are going to their provinces as preparation for All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days.
PAGASA Weather Forecaster Benison Estareja says the amihan may intensify in the coming weeks or months, and may affect the entire Luzon. By December or January next year, the eastern part of Visayas may also feel its effect depending on the surge of the weather system.
Meanwhile, Estareja says the strong El Niño phenomenon may last until the end of this year, up to the second quarter of 2016. Way below normal rainfall may be experienced over most parts of the country.
On the other hand, our country remains haze-free. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) says no recurrence is expected unless a large scale weather system like typhoon develops within our boundary. As of now, no weather disturbance is expected to enter or develop in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) within the next three days. However, all are still advised to monitor updates.
The northeast monsoon, locally known as amihan, is affecting Northern and Central Luzon, bringing isolated light rains in the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon. Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country can count on good weather apart from isolated thunderstorms during the latter part of the day.
According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Glaiza Escullar, the presence of amihan will fend off haze in the Luzon area. Haze are pollutants suspended in the air, which can be hazardous to health.
Northern and Central Luzon, particularly the provinces of Isabela and Aurora, will experience light to moderate rain showers due to the tail-end of a cold front. This will also bring light rains over the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera and the rest of Cagayan Valley. While Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have a good weather apart from localized thunderstorms.
Today, two weather systems prevail inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. First, the Northeast Monsoon (locally known as amihan) is affecting the extreme Northern Luzon. Cloudy skies with light rains are expected over Batanes, Cagayan, including Calayan and the Babuyan Group of Islands.
Meanwhile, the Ridge of High Pressure Area (HPA) is extended over Visayas and Mindanao, bringing fair weather in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
The Low Pressure Area (formerly Lando) has already dissipated. Still, due to the intense rain showers it brought, most parts of Bulacan and Pampanga are still inundated.
The Ridge of High Pressure Area (HPA) is extended over Visayas and Mindanao, bringing good weather in most parts of the country. HPA is an anti-cyclonic weather system that is associated with good weather conditions.However, isolated rain showers are still possible during the latter part of the day.
Today, temperature in Metro Manila 23 to 24 degree Celsius
The Low Pressure Area (LPA), formerly known as Tropical Depression “Lando”, was last spotted at 160 kilometers east-southeast of Basco, Batanes. PAGASA Weather Forecaster Gener Quitlong says the LPA is expected to dissipate within the next two to three days. It continues to weaken due to the cold air associated with the northeast monsoon or “amihan”.
Storm signals are now terminated. However, the LPA will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms in the regions of Ilocos, Apayao, Batanes and Cagayan, including Calayan and the Babuyan Group of Islands. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with chances of isolated thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
Gale warning is still up over the northern seaboards of Northern Luzon, thus, fishing boats are not allowed to venture as rough to very rough sea conditions may prevail. Larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.
Meanwhile, two other cyclones are being monitored outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), but Quitlong says both of these have a slim chance of entering our boundary. The Philippines may be cyclone-free within the next three to seven days.
Quitlong also explains that tropical cyclones during this month are not always the strong ones. Lando has reached Typhoon category because it lingered over the ocean, where it accumulated an ample amount of moisture and heat. Because El Niño is taking place over the Central and Eastern Equatorial Pacific, it somehow contributed to the intensification of Lando.
Due the effect of Lando, some classes are still suspended in different areas of Luzon.
The Philippine Presidential elections are just around the corner, and with bated breath, the whole nation waits for who else will step forward to express their interest in leading our country.
So far, more than 50 individuals have filed their Certificates of Candidacy (COC). But aside from the well-known personalities, many other candidates, labeled “nuisance.” According to Omnibus Election Code, nuisance candidates possess the following qualities: 1) have no bona fide intention to run for office, 2) have the intent to make a mockery of the election process, and 3) have an intent of confusing the voting public. These nuisance candidates have filed their COC and disclosed their platform at the Commission on Election (COMELEC) office in Intramuros, Manila.
One of them is Arturo Pacheco Reyes, who stands out because of his unique platform: to make the American dream a reality for all Filipinos by legalizing the four seasons in the country. As Reyes stated, “I also like to legalize the 4 seasons, that we can adjust with the 4 seasons of winter, spring, summer, or fall of America.”
Reyes was born on November 30, 1951 in Manila and according to report, is a retired US Navy personnel. Some reports also indicate that Reyes has a doctorate degree in Medicine and a Masters degree in Administration.
Reyes’ platform may sound like a dream come true for those wishing for a white Christmas, but we all know that this is impossible. The four seasons only happen in the regions along the mid-latitude— places that are neither near the poles nor near the equator. Meanwhile, places near the equator, such as our country, experience little changes in season.
The Philippines is a tropical country, and has only two official seasons– wet and dry.Since the country is situated near the equator, the Philippines experience the same amount of daylight and darkness throughout the year, and have alternating seasons of rainy and dry.
But even if Reyes’ suggestion is downright impossible, we can all learn something from his platform: that candidates should include weather and climate concerns in their agenda. With our country prone to natural disasters caused by weather changes, the impending El Niño, and other issues on climate change, disaster resiliency is a pressing need that our nations’ leaders need to address.
From a Tropical Storm, “Lando” has weakened into a Tropical Depression, and was located at 80 kilometers east-northeast of Calayan, Cagayan. Carrying winds of 55 kilometers per hour, it moves slowly in a northeast direction at 6 kilometers per hour.
According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Gener Quitlong, Lando is expected to weaken further into a Low Pressure Area (LPA) within 24 hours. Quitlong says though Lando lingers over the ocean where there is an ample amount of moisture, the cold intrusion of the Northeast Monsoon or “amihan” is not favorable for its intensification.
PAGASA may terminate the storm signal within the day. Improving weather conditions in the whole archipelago may be experienced tomorrow or by Friday. As an LPA, the weather system may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by weekend.
As Lando continues to weaken, areas under Public Storm Warning Signals have reduced compared to the previous days. Signal Number 1 is still up over some areas in Northern Luzon.
Areas under signal number 1 will experience rains with gusty winds. Residents are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms are expected over the rest of the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and Ilocos. The rest of the country including Metro Manila will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms.
Rough to very rough sea conditions are expected in the eastern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon, the seaboards of Central and the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon. Sea travel over these areas is still risky due to the winds associated with Lando.
As Lando (Koppu) left the Philippines landmass yesterday at around 5:00 PM, the said weather system had weakened into a Severe Tropical Storm (STS). However, according to PAGASA, its outer cloud bond will still bring heavy to intense rain showers.
According to the latest rainfall data from the weather bureau, areas in Northern Luzon have experienced a month’s worth of rainfall.
From October 19 to 20, Baguio City had 688 mms. of rainfall, more than its normal October average rainfall at 454.3 mm.
At 7:00 AM today, Lando was located at 100 kilometers northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph. It is forecast to move northeast at 5 kph.
The current forecast track of PAGASA shows that Lando will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday.
Stormy weather will prevail in areas under Public Storm Warning Signals. In Metro Manila and rest of central Luzon, light to moderate rain showers are still expected. Meanwhile Visayas and Mindanao will experience improved weather conditions apart from isolated thunderstorms during the latter part of the day.
PAGASA says that Lando’s movement can be compared to the speed of a man walking. The High Pressure Area extending over the West Philippine Sea and Eastern Pacific is the reason for its slow movement. These weather systems are anti-cyclonic, preventing Lando from moving northward.