Rainfall recorded in Sangley Point surpassed ‘Habagat’ in 2012–PagasaBy Frances Mangosing
MANILA, Philippines — The volume of rainfall in Sangley Point in Cavite on Tuesday due to the storm-enhanced southwest monsoon surpassed last year’s record of “Habagat.”
Jori Loiz, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, told INQUIRER.net that they have recorded 475 millimeters amount of rainfall over a 24-hour period (8 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday) in Sangley, way above 364.2 mm worth of rainfall recorded also in Sangley on August 7 last year during the onslaught of habagat or southwest monsoon in Luzon.
He added that the new record was also the highest amount of rainfall in the history of Sangley.
Tuesday’s record also surpassed the monthly average amount of rainfall in Sangley, which was at 457.2 mm.
Cavite was one of the hardest hit provinces by the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical storm “Maring”.
In Pagasa Science Garden in Quezon City, which has a monthly average of 504.2 mm rainfall, 103.5 mm of rainfall was recorded on Tuesday.
During the southwest monsoon last year, the amount of rainfall for three days was almost at 1,000 mm at the Pagasa Science Garden.
This year’s southwest monsoon affected mostly southern Luzon areas.
Loiz also emphasized that while the amount of rainfall in Sangley for this year’s habagat was more than the 24-hour record of tropical storm “Ondoy” in 2009, most of Ondoy’s rainfall were dumped in a period of six hours.
Ondoy brought 455 mm of rain within a 24-hour period but 341 mm of which fell in six hours.