Weather bureau: More weather disturbances next year

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

THE local weather bureau in Davao City said Wednesday the occurrence of major weather disturbances in Davao Region might increase up to 60 percent in 2012.

Marilyn Flores, a weather observer from the Philippine Atmospheric GeoPhysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) Davao, in an interview told Sun.Star Davao that from the one to two typhoons that usually visit the Davao Region every year, the number may increase up to 60 percent.

This means that in the year 2012, the region might experience almost 2-4 typhoons that usually land in Luzon areas.


But Flores was quick to add that this is just based on their projection for the coming year. There still no official statement from Pagasa main office regarding the recent findings.

The statement of Flores was backed by the recent statement of the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Geological Sciences (Upnigs) that for the year 2012, some typhoons will take the Mindanao-Visayas route upon when they enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Dr. Alredo Mahar Lagmay of Upnigs, when interviewed by the GMA News, said unlike before when most of typhoons usually pass through northern part of the country or in Luzon part, for the coming years, the typhoon will most probably pass through southern part of the country or in Visayas and Mindanao areas.

"Isa sa mga prediction ng global warming ay yung mga ulan at yung bagyo ay magiging mas intense, mas lalakas ito, at magiging (One the predictions brought about by the global warming, is that this time, rains and typhoons will be more intense and more) frequent," Lagmay said.

Flores said Pag-asa records an average of 29 typhoons visiting the country every year.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 22, 2011.

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