By NITZ ARANCON
THE skies have cleared but the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the smaze from the raging fires of Indonesia could affect the Cagayan de Oro’s and Misamis Oriental’s aerial visibility again, depending on the wind direction.
Luz Mercado, a weather specialist at the Pagasa station in El Salvador City, said the aerial horizontal visibility here normalized yesterday.
Mercado said this is because of the coming of the northeast monsoon. It was the southwest monsoon or the hanging habagat that blew the haze from Indonesia into the country.
The winds, she said, pushed the smaze back to Indonesia.
Mercado said the country is seeing the start of the transition to the northeast monsoon that would go full blast by the last week of October or first week of November.
Until then, she said, the country would still experience rising temperatures, and lesser cloud formations.
“Basta walay dagko nga cloud formation, init gyud kaayo ang temperature kay wala may makasalipod sa siga sa adlaw,” Mercado said.
As of 11 am yesterday, the temperature here rose to 33.5 degrees Celsius.
Reynaldo Digamo, regional director of the Environmental Management Bureau, said the particle concentration here dropped from 44 micrograms per cubic meter this Sept. 22 to 18 micrograms this Sept. 23. The air quality, he said, is back to normal now.
Digamo however said the air quality would continue to be monitored by EMB until Indonesia’s forest fires are put out.
“Kon mobalik ang direction sa hangin unya wala pa mapalong ang forest fire sa Indonesia, dako pa gihapon ang possibility nga mosaka pagbalik ang atong air quality,” he said.