Weather: LPA enhances northeast monsoon, brings rains — PAGASA

December 9, 2011 11:37 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 9 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday the Low Pressure Area (LPA) west of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan enhances the northeast monsoon ("amihan"), causing rains over Northern and Central Luzon, the Visayas and Palawan.

The weather agency said the LPA was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 400 kilometers west of Palawan.

PAGASA weather forecaster Raymond Ordinario said even as the LPA has no chance to develop into a tropical depression, the northeast monsoon causes rainfall.

Ordinario said the weather disturbance is expected to move out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the next 24 hours, although rains are still expected until Sunday as La Nina prevails over some parts of the country.

PAGASA in its weather forecast said Northern Luzon and the eastern section of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms, becoming cloudy with widespread rains over Palawan and Eastern Visayas which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

The rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

For its wind and sea alert, it said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast and east will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the east to northeast over Visayas and blowing from the northeast to northwest over Mindanao with slight to moderate seas. (PNA) scs/FFC/magi


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