PAGASA Now Issuing 3-Hour Typhoon Bulletins

This is another leap of improvement in the Philippines’ official weather agency, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

Its acronym, which in Tagalog also meant “hope”, the weather agency is previously in the sorry state.

But since the time of the previous administration, PAGASA has improved a lot.

Today the weather agency, to my surprise, has been issuing three-hour regular bulletins on typhoons, at least those which are expected to make landfall. I just learned it when I was closely monitoring the progress of Typhoon Karen (internationally named Sarika).

Previously, the agency is limited to issuing six-hour bulletins. An amendment was sometimes made when necessary in between the six-hour intervals.

The six-hour bulletins are regularly released at around 5 am, 11 am, 5 pm and 11 pm, with delays commonly occurring by up to 30 minutes before being posted in their Facebook page. During three-hour bulletins, updates are released at around 2 am, 8 am, 2 pm and 8 pm, aside from the times previously mentioned.

They are now been showing doppler radar imagery to the public, which I have long campaigned for online. The radar imagery are formerly available only to the PAGASA meteorologists. The problem is, the storms are constantly wrecking Doppler radar dishes around the country, like what had happened during Typhoon Ferdie (internationally called Meranti) just recently.

Satanstorm Yolanda (internationally called Haiyan) in 2013 also wrecked the newly-built Guian radar, and what I have heard is it has since been replaced.

I wish improvements in PAGASA would continue in the current administration. And please, treat our scientists nicely: the government can give them outrageous perks just to let them stay.

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