PAGASA-Palawan muses on installing second Doppler radar


The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in Palawan is into a plan to install another Doppler radar station in the northern island town of Busuanga.

The Doppler radar will be the province’s second, said PAGASA-Palawan Chief Sonny Pajarilla. The first was placed in the southern of Quezon, which is until now on its experimental stage.

It can help the state weather bureau monitor typhoons and their movements, amount of rainfall – either moderate or heavy – and real-time atmospheric forecasts using a visual radar monitor.

Pajarilla said they already have a station in Barangay Bogtong, Busuanga that only needs to be rehabilitated, particularly the building itself and also the opening of an access road, which was supposedly funded in 2014 under the abolished Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Pajarilla explained that there is a need to install one in Busuanga to further cover the elongated land mass of Palawan.

Quezon’s Doppler radar station, on the other hand, helps to measure the rainfall intensity not only in the province, but also in Mindanao and West Philippines area.

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