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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
ALMOST two feet of rain fell over Manila Bay on Sunday due to intensified southwest monsoon, eclipsing the record set by the same weather disturbance a year ago.
Interpreting Doppler radar maps created by the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Geological Sciences' Irene Crisologo, Project NOAH head Dr. Mahar Lagmay said Tuesday Manila Bay received 600 millimeters of rain as opposed to 472 mm dumped in Quezon City in one day last August 2012.
The southwest monsoon, which is being pulled by Tropical Storm "Maring" (international name: Trami) currently hovering over Batanes, also affected other provinces in Luzon.
Some 600,000 individuals have to endure the torrential rains while seven have been reported dead.
Clear skies are not possible at least until Friday, a day after Maring is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility, said senior weather forecaster Robert Sawi.
Sawi said weather may gradually improve on Wednesday while Ilocos provinces will still experience rains on Thursday.
In a related development, search engine Google released a crisis map through Google Maps to help Filipinos monitor disaster-prone areas in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.
Accessible through desktop and mobile browsers, the map (http://google.org/crisismap/2013-maring) provides information about the storm’s path, the rainfall warning, and the 24-hour forecast of accumulated rainfall across the country.
The map also shows cloud imagery, landslide and flood-prone areas and rainfall and flooding forecast.
"This crisis map is made possible with the help of the government, first responders and our volunteer mappers, and we hope it will be useful to those who want to help out," said Aileen Apolo, head of outreach, Google Southeast Asia.
Apolo said the maps can be shared or embedded in websites by clicking the "share" button at the top of the map to get the HTML code.
"We will continue to update the maps as more information becomes available," she said. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)