19 typhoons to enter PAR- PAGASA Print
Saturday, 29 July 2017 13:28

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecasts the entry of some 19 tropical cyclones in the country for the second half of 2017.

Chief Meteorological Officer of PAGASA Zamboanga Maribel Enriquez said PAGASA forecasts 2 to 3 tropical cyclones coming in July, 2 to 4 for both August and September, and 1 to 2 each for the remaining months of October, November, and December.

Aside from tropical cyclones, the weather systems affecting the country from July – December 2017 include the southwest monsoon, inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ), thunderstorms, ridge of high pressure area, low pressure areas, and the northeast monsoon.

In her climate outlook report for the second semester, Enriquez said chances for El Niño occurring through 2017 is diminishing with the PAGASA El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) system status now tagged as inactive.

“We are in almost 50% sa near neutral condition, so the status is inactive,” Enriquez said.

El Niño is a climate cycle characterized periodic warming in sea surface temperatures cross the central and east-central Equatorial Pacific which significantly influence weather patterns, ocean conditions, and marine fisheries.

PAGASA also forecasted below normal rainfall for July, and near normal rainfalls for the rest of second semester in Zamboanga City.

Wet days for the City in the coming months will last from one to two weeks, with forecasts of 11-15 wet days for July, August, September, and October, and 6-10 wet days for November and December.

According to PAGASA, a wet day is defined as a day with equal or greater than 1 mm of rain. Wet day forecasts are issued from May to January, while dry days, defined as days with less than 1 mm of rain, are issued from February to April. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)