Pagasa monitoring another low pressure area off Mindanao


MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 4 a.m., 07 January 2013

Weather forecasters are closely monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) that could develop into a tropical cyclone and affect areas of Mindanao still reeling from the effects of two powerful storms last month.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) issued a special weather bulletin for Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, alerting residents in the provinces to prepare for moderate to heavy (5 mm to 15 mm per hour) rains and thunderstorms.

Similar forecasts in other portions of Mindanao have prompted the weather bureau to warn residents of the possibility of flashfloods or landslides.

Forecaster Buddy Javier told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that as of 4 p.m. Sunday, the low pressure area was estimated at 510 km southeast of Mindanao.

He said there was a chance it could develop into a tropical cyclone as it was still over the ocean. Javier added that it was moving closer to Mindanao.

He pointed out that the special weather bulletin issued by Pagasa for Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental was in anticipation of the weather disturbance’s possible effect on Mindanao, where winds from the northeast are anticipated to be moderate to strong, with moderate to rough seas.

The weather outlook for Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental is  cloudy with occasional moderate to heavy (3 mm to 10 mm per hour) rains on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In its 5 p.m. forecast, Pagasa said the Visayas and Palawan are expected to have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. In the north, the Cagayan Valley will likely experience cloudy skies with light rains. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail throughout the country and coastal waters could be rough. Jeannette I. Andrade

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  • Rovingmoron

    Di ba pwedeng malaman kung kelan matatapos ang pag pasok ng mga bagyo sa Pinas. It’s already the month of january leading to the summer season, yet typhoons keep coming. Nakapagtataka talaga. Baka until Holy Week me bagyo pa rin.

  • wawa2172

    Well climate has really change and it is no longer a joke. While some theorizes that is all about money that scientist are making money  about the issue, the  typhoons visiting Mindanao give credence to the studies made by those researches. Iligan City for example was never visited by a typhoon in thousand of years  until Sendong and same thing to those places hit by Pablo in Davao Oriental like New Bataan, Catiil and Compostela Valley. At saka the storm now frequently crosses at the middle of Mindanao  and that never happened then. Normally storm passes through its favorite path along the pacific ocean from Surigao, Samar, Leyte, Quezon province, etc and will exit to Taiwan. Ngayon ang paborito ay Mindanao to Palawan. Lord I pray, give the island a break sa sunod sunod na bagyo, hinay hinay naman or better tama na po unless you have a reason to give lessons to the people of Mindanao.

  • regd

    Sana babalik na ang the child weather (El Nino).

    • Janch

      O bakit naman El Nino?  Problema na naman ang tagtuyot.  Magdadala din ng gutom at pinsala yon.  Pray for good balanced weather na lang.

  • Edward Solilap

    kawawa naman ang mga tao doon e sa ganito na cguro ang uso ngayon ang malakas na bagyo at ulan hindi lang sa ating bansa kundi sa boong mundo hangga’t hindi titigil ang tao sa kakaabuso sa kalikasan e ganito na ito hanggang magpakailanman.

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