TYPHOON BISING HEADED FOR NORTHERN LUZON
Manila, Aug. 3, 1998 - An active low-pressure area east of the country, codenamed "Bising," has developed into a tropical depression which weathermen plotted to be headed toward Northern Luzon.
Forecasters of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said yesterday that ``Bising,'' the second weather disturbance to hit the country this year, was moving at seven kilometers per hour as of 2 p.m. Sunday.
"But it is still too early to tell whether it will cross Luzon or not. Probably today (Monday) we can give a clear development on this tropical depression,'' forecaster Ludy Alviar said. Alviar said "Bising'' had remained almost stationary since it developed into a tropical depression early Sunday morning.
As of Sunday afternoon, ``Bising'' was plotted at 480 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon with strongest sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, Alviar said. ``Bising'' is forecast to be 460 kms. east of Infanta, Quezon or 430 kms. east-southeast of Aurora by Monday morning.
The weather bureau reported in its 24-hour public weather forecast beginning Sunday that the whole country will still experience today cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms becoming widespread over Bicol Region and Quezon province.
An average of two to three weather disturbances were expected in the Philippines last month during the onset of the rainy season. However, the presence of El Nino around the world had slightly altered the weather pattern, thus a decrease in the number of tropical disturbances in the country for a while.
After El Nino, weathermen said the public should brace for the La Nina phenomenon which is expected to bring rains and floods in the country soon. An average of 21 tropical disturbances either pass or hit the country toward the end of the year with the months of August, September and October being the rainiest months.
But the strongest weather disturbances could be expected during the months of November and December.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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