Summary of the 2019 Tropical Cyclone season in the Philippines

  • This year, tropical cyclones tend to avoid our country. Most of them turns to recurve and some were overforecast by different models. Here's our wrap-up for this year's season.

    photo:Earth Shaker;desc:Cyclone Track Data from DOST-PAGASA

    1. In terms of landfall - near below average

    Only seven (compared to average of nine) tropical cyclones have made landfall in the Philippines this 2019. These are: Amang, Chedeng, Falcon, Jenny, Ramon, Tisoy and Ursula.

    2. Overall - average

    21 tropical cyclones formed/entered within the PAR (Philippine Area of Responsibility) this year. Based on the climatological data of PAGASA, in average, 19 to 20 tropical cyclones enter or get developed within PAR.

    3. Strongest - typhoon Hanna

    Before it leaves PAR, typhoon Hanna intensified into an intense typhoon, with a 10-min sustained winds of 195 km/h. In JTWC's standard, it reached Category 4 super typhoon with 1-min winds of 240 km/h.

    Though it didn't directly affect our country, it enhanced the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) that caused widespread heavy rains in parts of Luzon and Visayas.

    4. Longest Stay in PAR - typhoon Ramon

    Typhoon Ramon has stayed within PAR for 8 days! The storm formed from a low pressure area to a tropical depression at 8 a.m. on November 12, and has dissipated on November 20 at 2 p.m.

    5. Deadliest - typhoon Ursula

    As typhoon Ursula became the last tropical cyclone this year, it left catastrophic damages in the central Philippines this Christmas season, with 47 deaths and 9 remains missing.

    6. Most number of landfalls - typhoon Ursula

    1. 4:45 p.m. - Salcedo, E. Samar
    2. 7:30 p.m. - Tacloban, Leyte
    3. 9:30 p.m. - Cabucgayan, Biliran
    4. 2:30 a.m. - Gigantes Is., Iloilo
    5. 8:40 a.m. - Ibajay, Aklan
    6. 1:00 p.m. - Caluya I., Antique
    7. 3:00 p.m. - Bulalacao, Or. Mindoro

    Sama-sama po tayong babangon ngayong 2020, sa kabila ng ating naranasang mga kalamidad ngayong 2019!

    References: PAGASA, NDRRMC, JTWC, JMA, CNN Philippines

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