By NITZ ARANCON
THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) yesterday warned of big and potentially violent waves around Mindanao due to enhanced southwest winds.
“It would be risky for fishermen to set sail around Mindanao because of the big waves resulting from the southwest monsoon,” said Luz Mercado, a weather specialist at Pagasa’s Mindanao station in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental.
Pagasa has issued a gale warning after it recorded 2.8-meter to four-meter high waves around Mindanao.
Mercado said it was the result of strong winds with maximum speed equivalent to 24 to 38 knots per second.
She said Pagasa’s forecast is that the winds and waves would be the same today because of tropical depression “Marilyn” that has enhanced the southwest monsoon.
The enhanced winds, she said, have also brought the dark clouds across Mindanao, and the rains that caused floodings in the Zamboanga Peninsula.
“Ang Zamboanga Peninsula man gud ang unang maigo sa monsoon. Mao nang dido mag-tapok ang cumulonimbus clouds, mao nang mobundak ang kusog nga ulan, moresulta dayon sa pagbaha,” she said.
Pagasa said Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro would continue to have localized thunderstorms especially in the afternoons and evenings.
“Dili gihapon ta mag-kumpiyansa sa localized thunderstorm kay ingon baya niini nga weather condition ang nakapabaha sa Zamboanga Peninsula,” Mercado said.