(Update) Trough LPA continues to bring rains over Mindanao

January 2, 2014 7:10 am 

MANILA, Jan. 1 — A trough or extended clouds of a Low Pressure Area (LPA) continues to bring rains over Mindanao while the Northeast Monsoon affecting Northern and Central Luzon, the state weather bureau said on Wednesday.

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Jun Galang said the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a cyclone.

He added that the agency continues to monitor the LPA which will be named "Agaton", the first cyclone of the year, in case it intensifies into a tropical depression.

PAGASA said it expects zero to one cyclone to affect the country for the month of January.

In its 5 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said that Visayas and the regions of CARAGA, Northern Mindanao and Zamboanga Peninsula will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

It added that Metro Manila and the Regions of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos, Cordillera and Central Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA also said that Southern Luzon's western and eastern seaboards and Visayas' eastern seaboards continues to be affected by strong to gale force winds due to northeast monsoon.

"Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," the state weather bureau warned.

Meanwhile, in a separate interview, Fernando Cada, a specialist from the weather bureau’s forecasting division and climatological and agrometeorological branch, said that Typhoon "Yolanda" that flattened provinces of Eastern Visayas on Nov. 8 and killed over 6,000 people could be a manifestation of climate change.

Cada said climate change is significantly affecting the world, and that "Yolanda", one of the world’s strongest typhoons, could be linked to climate change.

A typhoon can be influenced by climate change and other weather conditions, he noted.

At least 19 to 20 typhoons visit the Philippines a year.In 2013, PAGASA has recorded 25 typhoons.

Cada said global warming and climate change could be responsible for the frequent storms in the country.

Climate change is affecting Russia when its temperature had plunged to 3 degrees Celsius in summer, he added.

“Egypt has experienced snow after its last snow occurrence 112 years ago,” he noted.

On Dec. 17, Vietnam was surprised to experience a rare snowfall, he said.

“Such incident was a climate change manifestation,” he added. (PNA)

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