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PIA Press Release
2009/06/25

Doppler radar soon to rise in Aparri, Cagayan - PAGASA

Tuguegarao City (25 June) -- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration -Department of Science and Technology (Pagasa-DOST) here said a Doppler radar will be installed in two years time in Aparri, Cagayan.

Through the Doppler radar, weather radars not only pinpoint the location and intensity of rainfall but also examine inside clouds and measure the wind speed and direction.

Engr. Leo L. Bunag, Officer-in-Charge of the Northern Luzon PAGASA Regional Services Division explained that the Doppler radar in Aparri, Cagayan is one of the Doppler installation projects of DOST-Pag-asa which is a part of the P500 million Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) grant to PAGASA.

Bunag added that the installation of Doppler radar site in Aparri will improve the accuracy of PAGASA's weather forecasts.

The Doppler radar would make it possible to identify where rains occur and track the center of a typhoon, and Pag-asa weather staff in Northern Luzon can already release weather forecasts and 'nowcast' in the area.

"At present, we have to wait for information from Pag-asa's main office before we can release to the public alerts for storms and other weather disturbances," Bunag said.

Bunag also said they are using a VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) donated by the Department of Agriculture in receiving and relaying data to other PAGASA offices.

Weather forecasts are transmitted to the public through communication facilities available in the area and through the media, Bunag said.

In order for the media to effectively transmit the message to the public, the PAGASA and the National Disaster Coordinating Council will be conducting a seminar-workshop for the media practitioners in Northern Luzon. (PIA Cagayan) [top]

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