The PAGASA Weather Radar Station is located in Buenavista, Bato in Catanduanes Province. 2012, the latest state of the art Doppler radar station that sits atop a mountain and is expected to mitigate the effects of devastating typhoons in the country as the state weather agency. The new facility is seen to boost the capability of the state weather bureau to monitor weather, especially tropical cyclones, with improved tracking of rainfall, wind speed, and other important data. PAGASA predicts incoming typhoons. The new radar station can also transmit data real-time for faster, more regular, and more accurate forecasts – which the weather bureau has been trying to make improvements to after getting criticism for imprecise and slow forecast announcements in the past. It will also provide more accurate weather forecasts Continue reading
Radar Tukon is an abandoned United States weather station located on a hilltop 2.75 kilometers away from Basco on Batan Island. It is currently being used by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as the Basco Pagasa (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) Station to monitor weather in the Batanes region. This Tukon Radar offers a magnificent 360-degree view of Batan Island, the South China Sea, Mount Iraya, Basco proper, boulder lined cliffs and the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading
The latest satellite images from PAGASA, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomal Services Administration. The animated image shows the locations of the latest weather anomalies, storms, and typhoons approaching, passing through, and in the general region of the Philippine islands. This image is helpful especially during the rainy season or Typhoon Season.
Storms in the Philippines fall under four different weather classifications: Tropical Disturbance, Tropical Depression, Tropical Storm, and the Typhoon. A storm is classified a Tropical Disturbance when meteorologists observe poorly-developed wind circulation of weak velocities. A Tropical Depression occurs when there is a weak low pressure disturbance with a definite surface circulation, and maximum wind speeds are up to Continue reading
A Tsunami is a series of sea waves commonly generated by under-the-sea earthquakes and whose heights could be greater than 5 meters. It is erroneously called tidal waves and sometimes mistakenly associated with storm surges. Tsunamis can occur when the earthquake is shallow-seated and strong enough to displace parts of the seabed and disturb the mass of water over it. Some natural signs of an approaching local tsunami include:
1) A felt earthquake.
2) Unusual sea level change: sudden sea water retreat or rise.
3) Rumbling sound of approaching waves. Continue reading
The link to the PHIVOLCS Earthquake Bulletins of latest seismic events in the Philippines is listed below. The event parameters (hypocenter, time and magnitude) are determined using incoming data from the Philippine National Seismic Network. The latest earthquakes that have been recorded are listed with their date and time underlined in blue. Intensity ratings are based on the PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale. Continue reading
Earthquakes in the Philippines are classified into ten different intensity scales, with Intensity I being the lowest (weakest) measurable tremor, to Intensity 10 (the strongest). Because Philippines is a chain of islands located near the Pacific’s Ring of Fire, it’s a good idea to understand the intensity of quakes and be aware of possible tsunami prone areas. Continue reading
It is currently Typhoon Season in the Philippines, and Typhoon Usagi has been classified as a Super Typhoon by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. This storm is mostly affecting the northern part of the island of Luzon. As of 5:08am, heavy winds can still be felt as south as Baguio, but the typhoon is expected to continue its slow, westward movement to the East China Sea towards Hong Kong.
Boracay Island has a tropical climate, with an average temperate around 30°C (88°F) and humidity of 75%. The year is divided into two distinct seasons. The rainy season begins around June and ends in late October. The dry season runs from November to May. The hottest months are April and May (just before the start of the rainy season) when midday temperatures can reach 39°C (102°F). The coolest period is in December with day time temperatures in the high 20s low 30s on most days and dropping lower in evenings and early mornings. Boracay‘s weather tends to dictate the travel agenda for visitors. The high season is in the dry months however Boracay resorts are harder to get in this period, more expensive and the island is busier. A better time to travel therefore is often outside the peak periods. Rain showers tend to be very heavy but are short in duration, often at night or mornings leaving most of the day for getting around. The dry season sees visitors mostly concentrated on White Beach and the opposing Bulabog Beach which, due to the winds has a very large international sporting reputation for kite-boarding and wind-surfing. The cooler dry season tends to be the most popular time for visitors and advance bookings of Boracay hotels and Boracay tours are recommended during this period. However, for those that don’t mind the heat, anytime is a good time to visit our wonderful island paradise.