The first typhoon in 2009 happened on the second day of the year, which is obviously not the case in 2010 (see also 2011 Typhoon Watch, Typhoon Watch 2009). We can’t help but face this reality and prepare. We’ve noted that an average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year. Let’s again track these typhoons as they pass through the Philippines’ area of responsibility or jurisdiction.
1. Agaton (International Code Name: Omais). On 24 March 2010, the Tropical Depression entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility east of Visayas, with a maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. As of 25 March 2010, the Tropical Storm is moving out away of the country with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near center and gustiness of up to 80 kph, per Severe Weather Bulletin No. 4 issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). No public storm signal was raised throughout.
2. Basyang (International Code Name: Conson). On 12 July 2010, at 5 a.m., PAGASA issued its first severe weather bulletin, announcing that the Low Pressure Area (LPA) East oF Visayas has intensified into a Tropical Depression and was named “Basyang”, with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. Location is 660 km east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes. By 11 a.m., per the second bulletin, Basyang intensified into a Tropical Storm as it moves towards Northern Luzon Area, with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 still effective over Cagayan, Isabela, and Aurora. It’s estimated to make landfall over Isabela-Northern Aurora on Tuesday evening. By 13 July 2010, at around 5 a.m. when PAGASA issued its fifth weather bulletin, Tropical Storm “Basyang” has intensified with gustiness of up to 145 kph, with Signal No. 2 raised in Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Polillo Island, Aurora, Quirino, and Isabela.
3. Caloy. 19 July 2010, PAGASA announced that an active Low Pressure Area has crossed Central Luzon into the South China Sea and has intensified into a Tropical Depression, named CALOY (Severe Weather Bulletin No. 1, 5:00 a.m.). It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center, which is located 200 kms West of Subic, Zambales, and moving west-northwest. No public storm warning signal is raised.
4. Domeng. 3 July 2010 (5 p.m.), PAGASA released the first Severe Weather Bulletin, announcing that the low pressure area east of Bicol has developed into a tropical depression, named “DOMENG”. By Bulletin 3 (Aug.4, 11 a.m.), storm signal No. 1 was declared in Cagayan, Isabela and Aurora. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and moving in the general direction of Northern Luzon.
5. Ester. 7 August 2010, PAGASA announced that a low pressure area developed into a Tropical Depression and was named Ester. By 8 August, PAGASA Bulletin 7, Ester has accelerated towards the southern islands of Japan. Signal No. 1 in effect in Batanes Group of Islands, Babuyan Island, and Calayan Islands.
6. Florita. 27 August 2010, the first bulletin was issued by PAGASA, announcing hat the low pressure area west of Zambales has developed into a tropical depression. Final bulletin issued 4:30 p.m. the next day; Florita has moved out of the country.
7. Glenda (International Code Name: Kompasu). 29 August 2010, the tropical depression East of Northern Luzon has intensified into tropical storm, named “GLENDA”. By 30 August, PAGASA issued the third severe weather bulletin, indicating that Glenda has maximum winds of 75 kph near the center. No public storm signals were raised.
8. Henry. – 3 September 2010(5:00 a.m.), PAGASA issued its first Severe Weather Bulletin Number 1 announcing that the Tropical Depression East of Northern Luzon has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility and was named “HENRY”. No public storm warning signal was raised.
9. Inday (International Code Name: Fanapi). – On 15 September 2010, PAGASA issued its first severe weather bulletin, stating that the aActive Low Pressure Area (ALPA) east of Northern Luzon has developed into a Tropical Depression and was named “INDAY”. By Saturday, 18 September 2010, the typhoon is at Batanes, moving west nortwestward todays Taiwan. No storm signal was raised from the start.
Note: Update on newer typhoons, and there are already quite a few, is temporarily suspended. See also 2011 list.