The establishment of the Ridge of North Pacific High Pressure Area that extended over Luzon has shifted the wind direction to easterly and southeasterly and the gradual increase of observed daily temperature recorded in most parts of the country signifies the recession of the Northeast Monsoon. Weather conditions will be mostly sunny associated with warm and humid air in most parts of the country aside from isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms particularly over the eastern section of Visayas and Mindanao.
However, there are times that strong easterly winds will prevail particularly over the eastern section of Visayas and Mindanao with moderate to rough coastal waters.
For more information, you may contact the duty forecaster of the Weather Division, PAGASA at telephone numbers 927-1335 or log on at www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph.
NATHANIEL T. SERVANDO, Ph.D.
The National Astronomy Week (NAW) is an annual event being observed every 3rd week of February. This year the occasion will be celebrated on 18-24 February with the theme "Solar Max 2013: Discovering the Sun’s Awakening Power…."
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the agency mandated under Presidential Proclamation No. 130, to spearhead the annual celebration, has prepared the following activities for the whole celebration:
- Free Planetarium Shows
- Stargazing and Telescoping Sessions at PAGASA Observatory
- First Astrophotography Contest for Elementary/High School Level (combined level) and College Students (First-Come, First-Served Basis)
- Free Posters in Astronomy to Visiting Schools at the Planetarium and Astronomical Observatory.
- Free 2 days Mobile Planetarium Shows, Stargazing and Telescoping Sessions in Selected Public Elementary and High School Students in Legazpi City.
- Seminar/Workshop on Basic and Observational Astronomy for Public Science Teachers in Metro Manila.
The free planetarium shows and lecture and telescoping sessions will be eld at the PAGASA Science Garden and Astronomical Observatory, respectively. It will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Planetarium shows will be conducted from 8:00 AM to 5:00 P.M. daily, while telescoping sessions will start at 7:00 o’clock nightly. Please see Attachment 1 for the mechanics of the 1st Astrophotography Contest.
The Seminar/Workshop for Public Science Teachers of Metro Manila will be conducted at the Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor, PAGASA Central Office Bldg., Science Garden, Agham Road, Diliman Quezon City on 22 February 2013 at 2:30 PM. A stargazing session will follow after the Seminar/Workshop, which will be held at the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
Interested parties who would like to visit our astronomical facilities during the celebration may call at telephone number 434-2715 for reservation purposes. Please click the following links for the Mechanics and Registration Forms.
NATHANIEL T. SERVANDO, Ph.D.(original signed)
07 January 2013
The PAGASA Rainfall Warning System (RWS) is in operational mode since its launching on June 20, 2012 but is still open for suggestions to improve it. The initial color coding: YELLOW, GREEN, RED was used based on the color coding scheme of the Community-Based Flood Early Warning System (CBFEWS) under the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) project.
Effective today, the code GREEN of the RWS is changed to ORANGE such that the warning levels are now YELLOW, ORANGE and RED. These colors are generally associated with awareness, preparedness and emergency respectively.
The color ORANGE was adopted as it is a more appropriate representation of the severity of the situation. This was based on suggestions after our Information Education Campaign (IEC) efforts with the media and discussions with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Department of Interior and Local Government-National Capital Region (DILG-NCR).
Please be guided accordingly.
NATHANIEL T. SERVANDO Ph.D(original signed)