Huwebes, Setyembre 1, 2011

PAGASA expects nine more storms until the close of 2011

At least six more tropical storms are expected to affect the country until the last month of the year, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Undersecretary Graciano Yumul.

In an interview during the Broadcasters’ Forum held at the Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City and organized by the Liga ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas, Yumul said that the entry of the so-called “ber” months is also the foreboding of strong typhoons.

He said that the September-October transit is an actual shift from the southwest monsoon to the northeast monsoon.

The southwest monsoon, also known in local terminology as “hanging habagat”, takes place during the summer months and brings with it warm winds in the country.

On the other hand, the northeast monsoon, more popularly known in its Filipino term “hanging amihan”, draws “cold, dry air which comes from Russia and Japan,” Yumul explained.

He further explained that the “ber” months are when the high pressure reach falls westward which brings about lower temperature.

The PAGASA warns that the country may experience three to four typhoons in September alone, around two each for October and November, and one in December.

Central Luzon and the National Capital Region are most likely to be hit by the coming typhoons, according to Yumul.

Yumul, however, clarified that all the reports by the PAGASA are based on available data which “could change”. He is reminding everyone to constantly check for updates from their office as movement and direction of a typhoon can change in a few hours. 

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