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LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2020

May 10, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Here are the names for tropical cyclones that will enter or form inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility in 2020

PAGASA to hold free planetarium shows, stargazing, telescope sessions

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:32 PM

PAGASA is celebrating National Astronomy Week from February 16 to 22 with daily planetarium and stargazing sessions for free!

‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse visible in Mindanao on December 26

Dec 20, 2019 - 6:29 PM

This is one rare experience, as the next annular solar eclipse visible in the Philippines will be on February 28, 2063

Why is it now called tropical cyclone 'wind' – and not 'warning' – signals?

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Do you know what Signal Nos. 1 to 5 are based on? Here's a quick explainer.

This handout image taken and received on December 2, 2019 courtesy of Gladys Vidal shows heavy rains and moderate wind from Typhoon Kammuri battering houses in Gamay town, Northern Samar province. - The Philippines was braced for powerful Typhoon Kammuri as the storm churned closer, forcing evacuations and threatening plans for the Southeast Asian Games events near the capital Manila. (Photo by Handout / Courtesy of Gladys Vidal / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy of Gladys Vidal" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by GLADYS VIDAL has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [adding restrictions and source]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

Rappler Talk: PAGASA's Chris Perez on weather forecasting

Nov 08, 2019 - 12:55 PM

What are PAGASA operations like? What exactly do common weather forecasting terms mean? Rappler talks to PAGASA Senior Weather Specialist Chris Perez.

Colder days ahead as PAGASA declares onset of northeast monsoon

Oct 25, 2019 - 6:59 PM

'Sa mga susunod na araw at buwan ay posible na po tayong makaranas o maramdaman na natin 'yung malamig na simoy ng hangin,' says PAGASA Weather Specialist Ana Clauren

PAGASA warns public vs fake 'Visayas' Facebook page

Sep 20, 2019 - 11:55 AM

State weather bureau PAGASA also says it is the DENR's Environmental Management Bureau which handles haze-related advisories

COA hits delays in implementation of P398-M PAGASA project

Aug 01, 2019 - 12:01 AM

State auditors say the P398-million fund transfer to the DICT 'had no recorded liquidation reports and information as to the implementation of the project for almost two years'

'Ang init!': The heat index, explained

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:15 PM

The heat index isn't just about the temperature. Here's what it means, how it affects people, and what people can do to protect themselves.

Zamboanga City under state of calamity due to dry spell

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The city disaster management office and the City Agriculturist Office are proposing P43.8 million to purchase fertilizer and vegetable seeds, as well as buy or rent equipment

DROUGHT. The Zamboanga City council on Tuesday, March 5, passed a resolution placing the city under a state of calamity due to drought caused by the weak El Niño. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2019

Jan 03, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Will we have Typhoon Zigzag this year?

Low pressure area to bring rain in Visayas, Mindanao 5 days before Christmas

Dec 20, 2018 - 10:42 AM

PAGASA urges Visayas and Mindanao residents to prepare for possible flooding and landslides due to occasional heavy rain

DOST chief to resign if PAGASA, Phivolcs moved to disaster resilience department

Aug 09, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña says he would just return to private life if the two agencies are attached to the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience

DOST CHIEF. DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña responds to questions in a press briefing in Legazpi City on August 8, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Philippines to witness total lunar eclipse on July 28

Jul 05, 2018 - 5:40 PM

This is reportedly the longest total lunar eclipse of the century. The eclipse will start at 1:13 am Philippine Standard Time.

June 21 will have longest daytime, shortest night of 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:45 PM

This is due to the summer solstice, or when the sun is 'directly over the Tropic of Cancer'

PAGASA declares start of summer

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The weather in the Philippines will generally be 'warmer and drier,' but isolated rains are still expected

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, that it could not declare the onset of the dry seaso yet because the northeast monsoon or 'hanging amihan' has not been terminated. PAGASA said dry season may officially be declared by April. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories

Sep 22, 2017 - 5:24 PM

Here's what you need to know about tropical cyclones and other terms used in everyday weather forecasts

Dante now a tropical storm, but still far from land

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The storm is expected to veer away from the Philippines and will not affect weekend weather

Tropical Depression Dante enters PH area

Apr 26, 2017 - 3:44 PM

However the storm is not expected to make landfall as it is forecast to eventually move northeast and out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility

Tropical depression Dante set to enter PH area

Apr 25, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The weather disturbance is last located 1 285 km east of southern Luzon and is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility within Tuesday April 25

Isolated rain in Metro Manila, rest of PH on Sunday

Apr 23, 2017 - 12:58 AM

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will be experienced over Metro Manila and the rest of the country PAGASA says

Negative temperature in Atok, Benguet not true, PAGASA says

Feb 17, 2017 - 8:40 PM

State weather bureau PAGASA says that if the negative temperature was indeed true then Atok and nearby municipalities should have experienced snow

NEGATIVE TEMPERATURE? State weather bureau PAGASA says there is no possibility that Atok experienced negative temperature from February 15 to 16. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/

PAGASA defends its scientists amid Project NOAH turnover

Feb 14, 2017 - 8:48 PM

State weather bureau PAGASA says it has received criticism on the agency s credibility resulting to resentment and demoralization among the employees

CREDIBILITY. State weather bureau PAGASA holds a press conference on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, after receiving comments questioning their credibility as a warning agency. Photo by Gwen de la Cruz/

News Briefs: February 3, 2017

Feb 03, 2017 - 12:16 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday February 3

Cagayan de Oro flooding: Did Pagasa give enough warnings?

Jan 19, 2017 - 9:21 PM

The state weather bureau issued several rainfall advisories starting Sunday but the warning of serious flooding was made only at 6:30 pm Monday

9 Mindanao provinces under Signal 1 due to Auring

Jan 07, 2017 - 6:44 PM

PAGASA says Auring is expected to make landfall over the Surigao provinces between Sunday evening and early Monday morning

Image courtesy of PAGASA

DepEd reiterates guidelines for class suspensions during typhoons

Jul 08, 2016 - 8:24 PM

In the absence of storm signals local government units have discretionary powers

PAGASA unveils improved smartphone app

Jun 16, 2016 - 10:51 AM

The app provides users key information on weather flooding and hazard which can help them during times of disasters and typhoons

WEATHER.  In this file photo, a vehicle drives down a flooded street as heavy rain pours in Makati city, south of Manila, Philippines, 15 December 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

From Ambo to Zosimo: PAGASA releases 2016 typhoon names

May 25, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Here s a list of tropical cyclone names for 2016 Is your name on it?

PAGASA warns of possible La Niña by end of 2016

May 18, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The state weather bureau says there is a 50 chance that La Niña will develop in the last quarter of the year

PAGASA: Typhoon Lando to exit landmass earlier

Oct 18, 2015 - 11:46 PM

Still the state weather bureau places 5 areas under Signal Number 3 as Lando kills one and forces 23 000 to flee their homes

Image as of 11 pm on October 18, 2015, courtesy of PAGASA

Signal No. 4: Expect 'very heavy damage' to property, crops

Oct 17, 2015 - 10:49 PM

The last time PAGASA hoisted Signal No 4 was when Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan ravaged the Visayas in November 2013

'SIGNAL NO. 4.' Typhoon Lando (Koppu) prompts the Philippines' state weather bureau to raise Signal No. 4 in Aurora. A handout photo made available on the website of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on October 17, 2015, shows a satellite image of the water vapor floater of Lando as it advances the coastline (L) of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of NOAA/EPA

Stay indoors during Lando, Metro Manila residents told

Oct 17, 2015 - 8:21 PM

For Metro Manila residents Typhoon Lando Koppu remains dangerous even if it is not expected to bring as much rain as Tropical Storm Ondoy did in 2009

PREPARING FOR LANDO. Filipinos protect themselves against the downpour as they walk along a street in Manila, Philippines, on October 17, 2015. On the same day, the state weather bureau places Manila under Signal No. 2 due to Typhoon Lando (Koppu). Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

PAGASA adds Storm Signal No. 5 to storm warning system

May 21, 2015 - 3:12 PM

The state weather bureau says the increase in extremely damaging tropical cyclones in the country makes the previous storm warning systems inadequate

Netizens speak up about the free mobile disaster alerts law

Apr 18, 2015 - 10:37 PM

The NTC targets the implementation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations IRR by the third week of April What do you think should be added to the IRR?

Chedeng further weakens, now a tropical depression

Apr 05, 2015 - 6:43 AM

Only 4 areas remain under storm warning signals as Chedeng Maysak remains almost stationary off the coast of Aurora province

Chedeng weakens further as it approaches Aurora

Apr 05, 2015 - 12:18 AM

PAGASA places 19 areas under storm warning signals down from 26 as Chedeng is expected to make landfall on Sunday morning April 5 over the coast of Isabela Aurora

Chedeng weakens as tropical storm; 26 areas warned

Apr 04, 2015 - 6:02 PM

UPDATED Tropical Storm Chedeng is expected to make landfall over the coast of southern Isabela between 4 and 6 am on April 5

How rare are April storms in the Philippines?

Apr 02, 2015 - 5:22 PM

For the past 67 years there have only been 32 tropical cyclones that entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility in the month of April according to data from the state weather bureau

Fault-finders, storm-chasers: Hazard mapping in the PH

Mar 15, 2015 - 10:05 PM

The Philippines is the 3rd most disaster prone country in the world making hazard maps a necessity for Filipinos

El Niño 2015: How can Filipinos better understand it?

Mar 14, 2015 - 11:00 AM

How is government preparing for El Niño?

Ill-equipped agency? Story on COA audit of PAGASA 'misleading'

Dec 03, 2014 - 9:52 AM

Inquirer report based on 2013 Commission on Audit data says officials; Story demoralizing to scientists employees of state weather bureau

Metro Manila warned vs monsoon rains August 5-8

Aug 04, 2014 - 10:35 PM

Brace for the heaviest monsoon rains August 6 7 PAGASA says

Glenda now a typhoon; 30 areas warned

Jul 15, 2014 - 12:19 AM

UPDATED PAGASA places Catanduanes Albay Sorsogon and northern Samar under Signal No 3; and Metro Manila under Signal No 1

TOWARD BICOL. Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) is expected to make landfall in the Albay-Sorsogon area by Tuesday evening. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Preparing to withstand other extreme weather events

Mar 29, 2014 - 2:31 PM

Climate changes may also increase the danger of war because already scarce natural resources including drinking water will be under greater pressure

158 families displaced by Davao del Norte floods

Mar 20, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Heavy rains caused by a low pressure area have flooded several communities in Davao del Norte

Basyang becomes an LPA again

Feb 02, 2014 - 12:04 AM

PAGASA lowers all storm signals due to Basyang

Metro, it's cold outside: Temp drops to 15.8ºC

Jan 26, 2014 - 10:38 AM

The temperature recorded early Sunday is just 0 7 degrees shy of the coldest temperature ever experienced in the metropolis

COOL SCHOOL WEATHER. Schoolchildren bundle up as they go to school in Baguio City, 13 Jan 2014. Dave Leprozo Jr./Rappler

Stop spreading 'typhoon' rumors, says science chief

Jan 14, 2014 - 7:17 PM

Stop the rumors and be sensitive about the plight of traumatized Yolanda survivors Science Secretary Montejo appeals

SUBMERGED. Residents ride a wooden boat as they paddle past submerged houses due to flooding brought about by heavy rains in the outskirts of Butuan City, Agusan del Sur province, January 13, 2014. Erwin Mascarinas/AFP

Yolanda to be retired as typhoon name (and other trivia)

Nov 23, 2013 - 8:15 AM

A typhoon s name is retired from PAGASA s list once it causes at least 300 deaths or P1B worth of damage in crops and infrastructure