The country remains storm-free but heavy rains have caused massive floods in various areas in Cagayan.
This is caused by Tail-end of a Cold Front – an extension of a weather system that forms when the cold air mass dominates the warm air mass, causing interaction and rains.
Due to the inclement weather, evacuation has been ordered, classes have been suspended and flights have been cancelled today. Here are some images of the floods in Luzon:
Photos from Cagayan Provincial Information Office.
The prevalence of various weather systems has prompted cancellation of domestic flights and classes in some areas in Luzon today.
According to PAGASA, the Tail-end of a Cold Front affects the eastern section of Northern and of Central Luzon, bringing cloudy skies with scattered rains. Meanwhile the Easterlies bring scattered rains in the eastern section of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The Northeast Monsoon or Hanging Amihan continues to affect the rest of Northern Luzon, causing a slight breeze.
Cagayan Valley, the Bicol Region, Aurora, Quezon, Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Davao Region will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. In the rest of the country including Metro Manila, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail only with isolated rain showers.
Gale warning is also in effect in the northern seaboards of Northern Luzon where rough to very rough sea condition is expected. Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out, while larger vessels are alerted against big waves.
Tropical Depression “Dante” left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) without hitting any of the country’s landmass.
At 4:00 AM today, the center of the tropical depression was estimated at 1,450 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, and gustiness of up to 60 kph, moving northeast at 20 kph.
According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran, the High Pressure Area (HPA) affected the direction of the weather disturbance.
Today, the extension of a Fontal System is affecting extreme Northern Luzon. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will prevail in the province of Batanes and the Islands of Calayan and Babuyan. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms will be experienced in Metro Manila and the rest of the country mostly in the afternoon or evening.
As the Northeast Monsoon or Amihan prevails, affecting Northern and Central Luzon, light rains will be experienced in the regions of Cagayan, Ilocos, Cordillera and Central Luzon. Meanwhile, the Tail-End of a Cold Front will bring light to moderate rains over Bicol and Eastern Visayas, and the provinces of Quezon, Romblon and Marinduque. In the rest of our country, including Metro Manila, generally fair weather condition with a chance of localized thunderstorms is expected.
According to PAGASA, this week, including the weekend, is so far, weather disturbance-free. Updates on this will be given regularly.
Meanwhile, because of the surge of the Amihan, gale warning was raised in the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon. It will be bringing rough to very rough sea conditions with wave height up to 3.4 to 4.5 meters, enough to overturn fishing boats and other small seacraft.
With the two dominant weather systems,the Northeast monsoon (Amihan) and the Tail-end of a cold front, light to moderate rains prevail in Bicol and the provinces of Aurora, Quezon and Samar. Light rains will also be experienced in the regions of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos, Cordillera, and the rest of Central Luzon. In the next hours, fair weather is expected in the rest of the country, including Metro Manila.
Due to the winds associated with the Amihan, gale warning was raised in the seaboards of Northern Luzon, and eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon, and Visayas. Fisherfolk with small seacraft should avoid venturing into the said seaboards due to the rough to very rough sea conditions.
According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio, the Hot and Dry Season usually begins in March and ends in May, but since the Amihan is still present in our country, this season will be put on hold for a bit. However, Aurelio added that the Amihan will slightly weaken this weekend.
As the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) intensifies, it affects the extreme Northern Luzon, bringing light rains over Batanes, Calayan and the Babuyan Group of Islands. Meanwhile, the weather system affecting the eastern section of Northern Luzon is the Tail-End of a Cold Front. Light to moderate rains prevail over the rest of Cagayan province and Isabela. For those who are in Metro Manila and the rest of the country, good weather condition will be experienced.
And because the Amihan has slightly strengthened, PAGASA raised gale warning in the northern seaboards of Northern Luzon. For all the fisherfolk and for those with small seacraft, venturing into the said seaboards is not advisable due to the rough to very rough sea conditions.
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Even though the Amihan had weakened, gale warning was raised in the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon, with rough to very rough sea conditions in the seaboards of Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, the northern coasts of Cagayan, and Ilocos Norte, Isabela and the eastern coast of Cagayan. Small seacraft and fishing boats in these areas are not advised to venture out into the seas.
Meanwhile, light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms expected to prevail in the Bicol region and Eastern Visayas, due to the effect of the Tail-End of a Cold Front. Amihan will still be bringing cold weather and light rains over Cagayan Valley Region, while good weather with isolated light rains is expected over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon. Generally fair weather is expected in Visayas and Mindanao, but there’s a possibility of localized thunderstorms especially in the afternoon or in the evening.
As the Northeast Monsoon or Amihan prevails in Northern Luzon, bringing moderately cold weather and light rains over Metro Manila and the regions of Cagayan valley, Ilocos and CORDILLERA. Meanwhile the Tail-end of a Cold Front will bring light to moderate rains over Central Luzon and the provinces of Quezon. As for the rest of our country, fair weather condition is expected.
Due to the strong winds associated with the Amihan, gale warning is still raised in the seaboards of Northern Luzon. Fisherfolk and those with small seacraft are still not allowed to venture into the said seaboards due to rough to very rough sea conditions.
Meanwhile, according to PAGASA dry condition, dry spell and drought are still expected in the areas in Luzon, Visayas and in Mindanao. This coming December, El Nino might have a more intense effect on our country. The whole nation is encouraged to conserve water. Here are some tips:
3 months to go before Christmas! But before you start decorating your home and playing Christmas carols, know what to expect this month, weather-wise.
PAGASA declared an El Niño event, likely to strengthen before the end of this year, and may last until April to June of 2016. The weather bureau added that this event could be potentially included in the four strongest El Nino events since 1950. Impacts may include below-normal rainfall, and warmer than normal air temperature.
This month, here are the weather systems likely to prevail:
Tail End of a Cold Front
The Cold Front is an area in the atmosphere where masses of warm and cold air converge, resulting in thunderstorms. Ordinarily the Axis of the Cold Front is in the level of Taiwan or Japan. The only part that is affecting the Philippines is its tail end.
The Easterly Wave, also known as Easterlies, are winds coming from the Pacific Ocean, bringing warm and humid air. PAGASA said that the easterly wave could prevail during the month of October before the northeast monsoon (amihan) breaks in. The eastern parts of the country are most likely to experience its effect: thunderstorms and isolated rain showers.
2 Tropical Cyclones this month
Because of the El Niño phenomenon, the average tropical cyclones that are likely to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this month are between 1-2. Normally, October has an average of 2 to 3 tropical cyclones.
Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)
The ITCZ is an area in the atmosphere where winds from the Southern and Northern Hemispheres meet—a convergence that contributes to cloud formation. According to PAGASA, the axis of ITCZ is erratic, so it may affect any part of the country, usually bringing cloudy skies and light to moderate rain showers.
Low Pressure Area
The LPA is an area that has a lower atmospheric pressure than its surrounding locations. This is usually formed in the Pacific Ocean where most water vapor is available. LPA brings light to moderate and sometimes, heavy rain showers. This could also intensify into a tropical cyclone.
PAGASA Weather Forecaster Jun Galang explained that during October, temperatures start to deviate which result to colder days. The transition of winds from the Southwest to the Northeast Monsoon influences the average temperature.
Normally, the northeast monsoon (amihan) prevails in the 2nd week of November.
Overall, most of the weather systems this month produce cloudy sky and rain showers. It is advisable to keep monitoring weather updates straight from Panahon TV and PAGASA.
FAST FACTS – October Rainfall Forecast
Below normal rainfall is among the adverse effect of El Niño. This could lead to dry spell and drought condition.
Based on the rainfall forecast from the weather bureau, most parts of the country including the western section of central Luzon and areas over and southern Luzon, western Visayas and some parts of eastern Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula will have way below normal rainfall.