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Pagasa frowns over January super typhoon scare

THE Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has frowned over talk that a super typhoon would likely hit the country in January 2018.

Esperanza Cayanan, chief of Pagasa’s weather division, said there is no scientific basis to predict that a super typhoon is coming.

“There were rumours circulating in social media platform like Facebook regarding a super typhoon that might affect the country this coming January 2018. The current weather analysis shows that there is a possible formation of tropical cyclone this coming January 2018. Based on historical records, it is normal for the month of January to have 0-1 tropical cyclone. But, predicting the tropical cyclone intensity to reach super typhoon category for more than 1 week ahead has a very high uncertainty. The atmosphere is very dynamic hence constant monitoring is necessary.”

Cayanan advised people to be more careful, verify information and listen only to right authority so as not to cause panic.

Meanwhile, Mindanao experienced cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers yesterday as a result of two weather systems. Visayas had the same weather conditions, too.

Pagasa said the weather systems brought cloudy skies and scattered rains in most parts of the country.

The two weather systems: a tail end of a cold front affecting the eastern section of southern Luzon and a prevailing northeast monsoon.

The former also brought cloudy skies with scattered rain showers over Samar islands, Bicol Region, Quezon, Mindoro provinces, Marinduque and Romblon while the latter brought cloudy skies with scattered rain showers over Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley region, Cordillera Administrative Region and Aurora province.


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