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Easterlies bringing cloudy skies, intense rains in Surigao, Agusan

by Malou Talosig-Bartolome

EASTERLIES are still bringing the clouds all over the country, and sometimes rains in the eastern provinces, state forecaster Pagasa said.

Around 8 am, Pagasa said intense rains were already felt in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur and heavy rains occurred in Davao Oriental and Agusan del Norte.

Chances of rains are also higher in the Quezon province, as well as the regions of Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and other parts of Caraga and Davao. 

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have generally fair weather, a bit humid, with scattered rains and thunderstorms.

Pagasa weather specialist Obet Badrina said they are not monitoring any low pressure area at the moment.

“This week, maliit ang tsansa na magkaroon tayo ng bagyo bagamat posible pa rin na magkaroon tayo ng isa o dalawang bagyo ngayong Disyembre,” Badrina said.

Heavy rainfall warning

Around 8am, Pagasa raised an orange warning alert in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur.

Orange means intense rainfall around 15 to 30 mm per hour or rain dump of 75,000-150,000 drums per square kilometer.

“Flooding is THREATENING especially in low lying areas and along river channels and landslides in mountainous areas,” Pagasa said.

Yellow warning alert, meanwhile, was raised in Davao Oriental and Agusan del Norte.

Yellow means heavy rainfall with rainfall values at 7.5 to 15 mm per hour or rain dump estimated around 37,500-75,000 drums per square kilometer. Communities are advissed to prepare as flooding is “possible” in low lying areas..

Light to moderate, sometimes heavy rains were also monitored in some towns in Bukidnon, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte and MisamisOriental.

Clouds cover almost the entire Philippines. screenshot from windy.com

What are easterlies?

Easterlies are the trade winds prevailing in the equator.

Temperature check

Zamboanga City, Laoag, Tuguegarao and Metro Manila may experience as much as 32-33 degrees Celsius with a low of 24-25 degrees Celsius.

Baguio City will probably have a friendlier temperature gauge at 24 degrees Celsius only, and a low of 17 degrees.

Gale warning

Waters off Batanes, northern Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, and northern Ilocos Norte will continue to have rough waves as high as 2.8 meters – 4.5 meters (9 ft – 14.7 ft).

A 14 ft-wave height is as high as a one-and-a-half storied house. The gale is caused by northeast monsoon winds or hanging amihan.

“Iwasan muna pumalot sa mga lugar na ito,” Badrina said.

Visayas dayalekto

Ang Eastern Visayas makasinati ug madag-umon na kalangitan na naay mga katagkatag na mga pag-ulan, pagpangilat ug pagpanugdog tungod sa Easterlies. Ang nahabiling bahin sa Visayas, Palawan ug Occidental Mindoro makasinati ug panagsang mapanganuron ngadto na sa madag-umon nga kalangitan inubanan sa mga pat-ak pat-ak na pag-ulan ug pagpangilat ug pagpanugdog tungod sa Easterlies / localized thunderstorms.

Hinay ngadto sa kasarangan nga paghuros sa hangin gikan sa Silangan ngadto sa Amihanang-silangan ang mupasulabi sa Visayas, Palawan lakip na ang Kalayaan Islands, ug sa Occidental Mindoro diin ang kadagatan naay hinay ngadto sa kasarangan ang pagbalud.

Mindanao dayalekto

Ang rehiyon sa Caraga ug Davao maka angkon sa mapanganuron nga kalangitan inubanan sa katag katag nga pag ulan kilat ug pagpanalugdog tungod sa Easterlies. Ang ubang dapit sa Mindanao makasinati sa panalagsang pagdag-om ngadto sa mapanganuron nga kalangitan inubanan sa patak patak nga pag-ulan, kilat ug panalugdog tungod sa Easterlies. Hinay ngadto na sa kasarangan nga hangin nga magagikan sa silangan ngadto na sa amihanang silangang direksyon ug hapsay ngadto na sa kasarangan ang pagbalud sa kadagatan.



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