Thursday, June 28, 2012

DINDO

DINDO is the fourth tropical storm that has entered the Philippine area of responsibility this year. It has an international name DOKSURI. Yesterday, PAGASA already raised public storm warning signals in some provinces over Northern Luzon. The cyclone is moving fast and I hope it will continue to do so.

I never hope for disasters, but somehow, the coming of tropical cyclones excites me. Maybe it's really like this when you're into meteorology. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

CARINA

This is a late post since I didn't have internet connection for the past week. Grrrr to Globe. Anyway, TS Carina, with international name Talim, entered PAR last June 20 and it only stayed for about 6 hours. It brought rain over northern Luzon.
Today, there are 2 Low Pressure Areas (LPA) spotted on the Eastern side of  the Philippines, and these may further develop into tropical cyclones.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rainfall Warning System

A Rainfall Warning System was launched today by PAGASA weather bureau, to monitor the expected rainfall in a certain period of time and in a more defined area. This is the first in the country and for now, only Metro Manila will be monitored. The data will come from the radar stations in Tagaytay and in Subic. 

There are three categories in the alert system. Yellow warning means expected rainfall is between 7.5-15 mm within one hour. Green warning means expected rainfall is between 15-30 mm within an hour and Red warning is more than 30mm.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

In Time

"In Time" is a sci-fi film, starring Justin Timberlake. I don't like JT in movies but the story is very interesting. It's about a world where time serves as your money and your lifeline. Working means earning time and anything you buy is being paid with time. Every second counts for the poor but the rich have decades to centuries to waste. A bus ride is normally paid with 1 hour and a phone call is paid 1 minute. And if you run out of time, it means death.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

BUTCHOY

Tropical storm Butchoy, with international name Guchol, has entered the Philippine area of responsibility.  This is the 2nd storm entering PAR this year. Based on the initial forecast of PAGASA, the track will only be on the northeastern portion of PAR without crossing any landmass.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Transit of Venus

Tomorrow, we will witness an astronomical event which happens every 243 years (it also occurs in pairs with an 8 yr gap). Tomorrow's event will be the second for our generation since the first one happened last 2004. We will observe this event tomorrow using the telescope at PAGASA Astronomical Observatory at UP Diliman. 
This is like a solar eclipse, but instead of the moon, it will be Venus which will pass between the Earth and the Sun. Since Venus is very far from Earth, then it would only appear like a small black disk passing in front of the sun.

According to PAGASA, it will be observed in the Philippines during the following times:
Contact I – 6:09 a.m. (Venus is entirely outside the disk of the sun, moving inward)
Contact II – 6:27 a.m. (Venus is entirely inside the disk of the sun, moving further inward)
Greatest - 9:29 a.m. (Venus is at the middle of its path across the solar disk; marks the halfway point in the timing of the transit)
Contact III – 12:31 p.m. (Venus is entirely inside the disk of the Sun, moving outward)
Contact IV – 12:49 p.m. (Venus is entirely outside the disk of the Sun, moving outward)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

I dreamed a Les Miserables


I've known the song "On My Own" since high school but I didn't really knew the story of Les Miserables until I watched the trailer of the movie, which was recently released, and now I can't get enough of it. For the past few days, I’ve been watching YouTube videos of the musical and fell in love with the characters. The performances of Lea Salonga as Fantine, Samantha Barks as Eponine, Nick Jonas as Marius and the guys who played Javert and Jean Valjean are so so so phenomenal.

The movie will be shown this December, and I also wish I'll be watching it with my sisters.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

AMBO


The Philippines is now entering the tropical storm season and the first one to cross the PAR (Philippine Area of Responsibility) is TS Ambo. On the average, the country experiences 20 TS every year. Another important weather system that we have is the southwest monsoon known locally as Habagat. This southwest wind from the ocean, particularly the Indian Ocean, brings moisture which flows towards the Asian continent, thus, frequent rainfall is expected.