Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Southwest Monsoon in Luzon Update 2

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The Southwest Monsoon (Hanging Habagat) continue to bring rains across Luzon today. Thunderstorms and heavy rains continue to form affecting Central and Southern Luzon. In fact PAGASA has issued Red Warning Signal yet again for Metro Manila for the threat of torrential rainfall tonight.

Despite the continuous rains, we are seeing some improvements across the region today as some areas are reporting that the floods are starting to subside. Even the Marikina River has now fallen to 18m--still high but a big improvement considering that it reached 20m last night. The North Luzon Expressway is now also passable.

Unfortunately, rains continue to fall across Manila and despite some good news, it seems that the dams are still spilling water particularly Angat, Ipo, and La Mesa Dam. Dams located in Northern Luzon (Ambuklao, Binga, San Roque, and Pantabangan) are also keeping their gates open as they try to release water and ease the level in the reservoirs.

Radar Image from ClimateX PH

Latest radar image from Subic continue to show scattered thunderstorms moving from the west. The good thing to note here is that the rains are not as widespread as before. However, these clouds can still dump as much as 50mm in a few hours and could still potentially overwhelm dams, rivers, and drainage systems. For the latest radar images as well as rain probability in your area, please visit ClimateX PH by clicking HERE

You can also go to PAGASA's NOAH page for the comprehensive and latest updates regarding the weather; for NOAH, please click HERE

Aside from the road closures and flooding, schools across Metro Manila have suspended classes for tomorrow. The Philippine National Railways remain suspended as well as much of the train tracks are still underwater. For the complete list of updates, please continue tuning in to your local TV Stations. Major networks in the region (GMA, ABSCBN, TV5) continue to bring live updates on their channel about schools, floods, dams and rivers, and other aspects affected by the rains.

IR Image from NOAA

As seen today, there were some slight improvements in the weather although rains persist across much of Luzon. This monsoon continues to be enhanced by Tropical Storm Haikui which is now over China. Believe it or not, the remnants of Typhoon Saola (Formerly Bagyong Gener) which is now over Vietnam is also helping bring moisture and instability across the West Philippine Sea, trigger more precipitation to form in and west of Luzon. Due to this, there could be another 100mm falling tonight in some parts of Manila. Areas across Central Luzon could also experience heavy rainfall tonight and into tomorrow.

We are also watching a Tropical Wave south of Guam. While this disturbance is not yet expected to become a storm, we'll continue to watch this feature as it moves to the west.

We'll have another update tomorrow. Please continue monitoring the news and always listen to your local officials for the latest warnings or even evacuation orders in your area. Stay safe!
Issued (1030 UTC) 630pm PhT 080812

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