P100-M PAGASA weather radar now operational Print
Friday, 21 July 2017 16:50

By RG ANTONET GO

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has started using the new multimillion Doppler Weather Surveillance Radar Station in Zamboanga city for weather forecasting.

The agency spent a total of P100-million for the construction of  a 7-storey building and the radar, said to be purchased by the PAGASA central office in Helsinki, Finland.

The building is located inside the Camp Basilio Navarro in Upper Calarian.

Maribel Hasanah Enriquez, PAGASA Zamboanga Station Chief Meteorological Officer, said that they started using the equipment after a dry run last June 25.

“Advantage este cay more localized ya el warning, specific.  Hende ya entero Mindanao pwede ya sabe si onde parte por ejemplo el ulan,” said Enriquez.

The PAGASA office is waiting for the VSAT, a satellite communication equipment, next month to be able to send images to the PAGASA central office.

The radar will be used to measure the amount of rainfall, rain intensity, thunderstorm, lightning, wind direction, typhoon direction and other weather situations.

The equipment covers the areas of Region 9 and the island provinces of Basilan,Sulu and Tawi Tawi.

PAGASA has two other Doppler radar stations in Mindanao.

One is located at Tampakan, South Cotabato which covers the central portion of Mindanao; and the other one at Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur which covers the eastern portion of Mindanao.

The Zamboanga radar will cover Mindanao’s western portion.  (RGAAGo)