Monday, January 30, 2017

Amihan, trough of LPA off Mindanao:
Miss U, Chinese New Year spoilers? 

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 27 (PIA)--Expect a wet Chinese New Year and possibly a similar treat to those set to go to the Miss Universe pageant. 

That as two weather systems could affect the weather conditions of the country in the next few days. 

According to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) Dauis Bohol Chief Leonardo Samar, this times of year, we are peaking the northeast monsoon which brings the tail end of the cold front stretching across the country from north to south. 

And while this is currently affecting Luzon and the Visayas, weather watchers have noted a trough of low pressure area about 390 km southeast of Mindanao (4.5°N, 128.3°E). 

And while the trough of Low Pressure Area is still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), it is expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the regions of Caraga, Davao and Soccsksargen. 

As to what PAR is, it is the location designated by the World Meteorological Organization to PAG-ASA as areas to watch, start monitoring and giving out information about the formation, characteristics and location of the weather system using its local weather monitors and monitoring devices 

The PAR is roughly two thousand kilometers away from the Philippines' nearest radar or Doppler observation posts like Hinatuan, Guian, Calbayog and areas in the north, Samar attempted to explain the position in layman's terms. 

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA, Samar bared that the tail end of the cold frontal system has brought in occasional rains and gale force winds exceeding the 63 kilometer per hour mark. 

A wind that strong can generate waves as high as 3.5 to 4.5 meters in the open sea, this makes it dangerous to small sea crafts and fishing boats venturing out in the opens seas, he explained. 

Since this month, PAG-ASA has already issued over 20 gale warnings, which also prompted the Philippine Coast Guard to suspend sea trips of light sea crafts. 

Areas under gale warnings would have light sea craft travel advisories and the PCG allows only the sailing fo boats over 250 gross tones in net weight, which is least likely to be affected by the 4.5 meter waves. 

And while the northeast monsoon affects Luzon and the Visayas, PAG-ASA says skies would be cloudy with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms especially over Eastern Visayas and the rest of Mindanao. 

Moreover, cloudy Skies with light rains are expected over Cagayan Valley region and the province of Aurora. 

In Metro Manila, skies would be partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains, and this also holds true to the rest of the country.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over the entire archipelago with moderate to rough seas.

As this happens, Filipinos anticipate two great events and expect no spoilers for the Chinese New Year and the Miss Universe Coronation pageants. 

While these could be real spoiler threats, weather forecasters suggest, bring umbrellas and keep tabs on flooding and potential landslides. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)
Amihan and the trough of the LPA affecting the country in the next days may bring occasional to heavy rains in the Visayas and Mindanao areas, according to Leonardo Samar of  PAG-ASA Dauis Bohol. These may be spoilers for the Chinese New Year January 28 and the Miss Universe Coronation pageant May 30. (rac/PIA-7Bohol)  

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