Zero in Mt. Pulag? Pagasa clueless


There was zero visibility on Mt. Pulag in Benguet Thursday but the weather bureau could not confirm if the temperature had really plunged to zero Celsius on the country’s second highest peak as reported by some news outlets.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration

(Pagasa) does not have a monitoring station on Pulag (elevation 2,922 meters), where the temperature is known to drop to 2 degrees Celsius.

Pagasa Administrator Nathaniel Servando said he heard the reports about the zero-degree weather but he could not confirm it. Water freezes at this temperature.

“What we can confirm is there is zero visibility on Mt. Pulag. Now as to whether the temperature actually went down to zero Celsius, we cannot say,” he added in a phone interview.

Servando said the nearest Pagasa monitoring station was in Baguio City, which recorded a temperature of 10 degrees Celsius on Thursday morning, a shade warmer than the 9.5-degree low recorded in the summer capital last week.

Metro Manila, on the other hand, registered 18.1 degrees Celsius at 5:55 a.m. on Thursday, the frostiest morning yet this year in the capital, said Pagasa.

Pagasa forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the cold permeating all of Luzon was brought by the northeast monsoon, or the freezing winds blowing from Siberia.

The cold is expected to persist well into the middle of February, he said.

Aurelio said the tail-end of a cold front remained over eastern Visayas. The Visayas and Mindanao will also experience nippy weather, but nowhere near as cool as most parts of Luzon, he said.

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  • Ben

    Technologically stunted society. How about using laser thermometer, a weather baloon or just send local volunteers to confirm the temperature? If there is a will, there is a way. The problem is wlang enthusiasm ang mga taga PAGASA..

    • antonino_999

      Fine. Call up some people to set up a laser thermometer at a nearby mountain slope. Or release a radiosonde. Do you know how much a radiosonde costs? To reduce the cost, it’s use is limited to major airports where the data retrieved will be of better use for aviation.

      This nit-picking it very silly, not productive.Why can’t we just enjoy the cool weather. After all, we get it for only a few months, even less.We’re not in northern Europe where some people are dying from extreme cold.

    • antonino_999

      And speaking of technology, a radiosonde will not measure the temperature at the mountain top. You have to extrapolate it again from some relation which could be complicated by the turbulence near the top. The air temperature at the mountain top is defined as the reading at some distance (1 m)from the mountain surface. The surface temperature can be different, depending on the wind. This sure is nit-picking.

    • Arvin B.

      Walang budget ang PAGASA siguro. Panahon na para gumamit ng new technology, tagal ng problema ‘to eh.

      • Ben

        precisely, the government is spending nothing for research and development, science and Mathematics and this can be seen in our mentality, in our bahala na, come what may, fatalism, manyana habit, etc because we just have not trained in the school to be science and math knowledgeable and the largely lawyers manning the government are perpetually so aware of their own predicament rather than the real needs of the people , science is a low priority but rather how to get rich from other miseries and or refute their own theories… 

  • antonino_999

    Mr DJ Yap, you did not mention  in your report what those news outlets are. How did these news outlets measure the temperature at the mountain top? The most accurate temperature that are reported by weather services are those measured at the station, and if there is no station at the mountain top, then it can only be computed from some known pressure-height-temperature relation. Sure, some volunteers can go up (i don’t see the point of risking it) and measure it, or some remote sensor can be used. But what’s the point? What’s so important with knowing whether the temperature has gone down to freezing? Are there crops there that should be protected from freeze? Are there people living there?
    I sense some malice in the way you titled your article.  

    • Bugtong Uyamot

      nasanay siguro sa showbiz reporting.

    • c

       grabe ang se-serious ng mga commentators ha! malice?? you’re funny. at kelangan pa talaga sabihin kung anong news outlets yon? at ang point of knowing of its zero temp in Mt Pulag? sabi nga sa article, the temp there has been “known to drop to 2 degrees Celsius.” so the diff in the temp is trying to be established (kung nag-zero na nga).

  • Komen To

    Is PAGASA clueless? Or the reporter is the one clueless?

  • Familia De fiesta

    The reporter is clueless that the second highest peak is Mt Dulang-Dulang in Bukidnon

    • Albin

      He, he, he…Korek ka dyan.


    “Clueless” is a rather an insensitive and very fault-carrying word to use in the context it was we have complete idiots in PAGASA?
    Subsequently,I have to question the editor suggesting/allowing such a word to highlight the fact that there is no temperature recording apparatus set up by PAGASA on that particular mountain.And why would they need it?Just to spoil the brats who wish to know if a record has been reached or broken.(I’m one of those brats.).but I still consider the headlines sometimes adopted by The Inquirer are highly irresponsible and invite thoughtless hate-comments from a section of it’s readers.
    Lecture over!

    • c

      Eto pa isa. So, pagtapos mong maglecture (thoughtless, hate-lecture?), anong word ang kapalit ng “clueless”????

  • 808reader

    There is a basic altitude-temperature relation: the temperature drops by about 2 degrees celsius for every 1,000 ft of ascent into the atmosphere. So in the case of Mt. Pulag which is almost 10,000 ft, the temperature would have been about 0 celsius when Baguio was at 10 celsius, since Baguio is about 5,000 ft above sea level.  This basic relation is commonly known by aviation weather forecasters; maybe Mr. Servando is not too familiar with it. 

    • choy

      This is not a given.  Higher elevation doesn’t always mean lower temperature, though that is what is common there can be inversions based on a lot of atmospheric conditions where a higher elevation can have higher temperature, or that the temperature variance will not follow that formula.

  • JoseG

    may snow ba?

  • WeAry_Bat

    Clueless is not the right word.  Scientists will just not confirm what they have not verified.

    Following the not-so correct use of the word, then a rumor monger (tsismoso) would be better than Pagasa scientists.  In which case, perhaps the writer should take the entertainment section of the newspaper.

    • c

       so anong better word than “clueless”? if you are going to be critical, you should be able to make a better suggestion. if not, you are as clueless as pagasa. and maybe you want to apply as writer sa PDI? parang feeling mas magaling ka pa sa writer eh! hahah!

      • WeAry_Bat

         haha like you don’t know what a thesaurus is.

  • Global1st

    clueless = brain freeze…..ah mother nature at work…….

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