Palawan will experience heavy rains throughout the week as a direct effect of the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), the local Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tuesday.
Sonny Pajarilla, PAGASA Palawan chief, said the ITCZ has been made dominant by typhoon Rosita where the winds were pulled upwards toward the center of the cyclone.
“Iyung ating pag-ulan, dulot po iyan ng ITCZ. Nagkaroon po tayo ng break ng ating ITCZ dahil nagkaroon tayo ng bagyo, so naging dominant ang ating hangin patungo sa sentro ng bagyo [na] si Rosita natin. Ngayon na nawala na po ‘yon [Rosita], so bumababa po ngayon ‘yong ating north-easterly winds. Tapos dahil may component naman tayo ng south-easterlies, so dito po ito sa atin. Dahil sa lakas po ng medyo pagbaba na ng north-easterlies, aabot na po [ito] dito sa may equator,” Pajarilla said.
He pointded out that when the dominant north-easterlies meet with the prevailing northerly winds, the result is the accumulation of rainclouds.
He added the thunderstorms caused by ITCZ will be experienced throughout the week.
However, he also said that there is a huge probability for the ITCZ to last only until Thursday, November 8.
“All throughout this week actually [mararanasan ang mga pag-ulan]. Hanggang Huwebes, bukas, [ang ITCZ ay] meron pa rin ‘yan… tapos sa weekend ay medyo magiging dominant easterlies po tayo, pero isolated na lang [ang mga pag-ulan]. Pero ‘yong ITCZ, inaasahan natin hanggang sa Huwebes ay mayroon pa rin po tayo,” Pajarilla said.
He also said there is no low-pressure area (LPA) seen within or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) as of Tuesday morning, November 6.
Pajarilla said the public can expect a moderate to occasionally heavy rains in a location that only depends upon the movement of rainclouds.
“On the average magiging moderate ‘yan, pero hindi tuluy-tuloy, kasi moving ‘yong ating cloudiness. Ito ngayon (rainclouds), tinatangay-tangay po ‘yan siya [ng hangin],” he said.
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