PAGASA: another powerful storm may hit RP by weekend

A potential cyclone that may become as powerful as super typhoon “Juan” may enter
Philippine territory this weekend, a state weather forecaster said.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)
weather forecaster Mario Palafox said at a press briefing that the potential cyclone is
presently still a low-pressure area (LPA) just outside the Philippine area of responsibility.

He said it is possible the LPA may become a cyclone before it enters Philippine territory
Saturday.

Once the cyclone is inside the Philippine territory, it will be codenamed “Katring.”

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)
reported that the death toll from super typhoon “Juan” (international name: Megi) has risen to
19 as of Thursday morning. (PIA)

Shorter days, longer nights ahead

Manila, Philippines — People around the world will experience around the third week of this month, what they call the autumn equinox. This marks the beginning of shorter days and longer nights in the northern hemisphere, including the Philippines.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geosphysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the autumn equinox will occur at 11 am on September 23. This is the time where day and night will have equal length on Earth — 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night.

In the northern hemishpere, this marks a shift in season from autumn to winter. The equinox occurs twice a year, the vernal or spring equinox happened last March.

Bag-ong LPA nasigpatan sa sidlakang bahin sa Luzon

NASIGPATAN sa Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration kon PAGASA ang bag-ong low pressure area, nga posibleng mahimong bagyo sa mosunod nga mga adlaw.
Kini ni abot samtang ang bagyong “Domeng” nagkahinay ug nahimo nang tropical depression sayo sa buntag sa Huwebes.
Sa press briefing sa Huwebes sa buntag, ang pangulo sa Pagasa nga si Prisco Nilo ni ingon nga ila nang gi monitor ang bag-ong LPA nga nag sunod sa bagyong ‘Domeng’.
Ang maong LPA nga nasigpatan 940 kilometro sa sidlakang bahin sa Luzon, gihinganlan og “Ester”. (PIA-Bohol)

Malacañang set to review weather forecasting system

MALACAÑANG is set to review the country’s weather forecasting system after President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III admonished the state weather bureau for failing to predict that Typhoon Basyang was headed for Metro Manila.

President Aquino told reporters at Camp Aguinaldo that he wants more “precision” in the way the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) predicts weather movements.

The PAGASA weather bulletin on Tuesday said Basyang would batter Northern and Central Luzon areas, and listed Metro Manila among the areas that would be under Storm Signal No. 1, with 30 to 60 kilometers-per-hour winds. However, the storm hit the metropolis before dawn Wednesday, cutting off power supply in most areas.

“Changes should be known to the public at the earliest possible time,” said Aquino, adding that delays in weather forecast advisories slow down government response.

Aquino said there should also be improvements in the dissemination of information, such as finding ways to inform small-time fishermen who cannot afford radio equipment if there have been changes in the weather so they can immediately go back to shore.

Aquino earlier reprimanded PAGASA for failing to announce that the typhoon would hit hard Metro Manila. (PIA-Bohol)

Basyang leaves RP, heads for China

AS predicted by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), typhoon Basyang has left the Philippine area of responsibility Thursday morning.

The weather forecasters’ last weather bulletin on Basyang (international name Conson) reported that the typhoon was 400 kilometers west-northwest of Dagupan City as of 5:00 a.m. Thursday.

PAGASA says, “”Tropical Storm Conson has left the Philippine area of responsibility and threatens Hainan Island in China.”

Before leaving the country, Basyang was moving at a speed of 19 kilometers per hour, packing maximum winds of 85 kph and gustiness of up to 100 kph.

The government reported 23 deaths, 59 missing people, and 19 injured individuals.

The typhoon reached Philippine land areas Tuesday night and swept through Metro Manila and central Luzon, affecting almost 13,000 families.

A large part of Luzon suffered total power failure around dawn on Wednesday as Basyang damaged electric power transmission lines. (PIA-Bohol)