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War Against Philippine Radars

There has also been a war by the Charlottian weather systems against the Philippine weather radar network.

These radars as been painstakingly upgraded and funded, and part of it comes from the funding from the Japanese government.

It is just last month that the radar in Basco, Batanes was destroyed by Typhoon Meranti, locally called as Ferdie.

Now, Typhoon Haima, locally known as Lawin, has its sights on Northern Luzon, and the radar in Aparri, Cagayan, is in its sights.

And Haima sounded just very similar to Haiyan, locally called Yolanda, which in 2013 destroyed the Guiuan radar.

Like the Guiuan radar, the Aparri Radar is built through Japanese funds.

Aparri Radar. (from turistatrails.com)
The radar station in Brgy Punta, Aparri, Cagayan. (from turistatrails.com)

I don’t know if these Japanese-built Doppler radars are designed to withstand Category 5 typhoon winds.

Haima is expected to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area on Thursday according to the latest weather forecasts.

JMA path of Typhoon Haima (Lawin). Its forecast track has since moved southward.
JMA path of Typhoon Haima (Lawin). Its forecast track has since moved southward.

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