Here we go again. Year 2011 is over, with its 19 typhoons (see list of 2011 typhoons). As we start with 2012, we again note that the state of the weather affects our travels, vacations and pretty much everything that we do. We should always be mindful of severe weather conditions, like typhoons or tropical storms (called cyclones and hurricanes somewhere else in the planet). Considering that an average of 20 storms visit the Philippines each year, it may be worth something to list down the typhoons as they hit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). Please check from time to time for more updates (presented in reverse chronology; see also 2011, 2010 and 2009 lists).
[For an explanation on the various Storm Warning Signals, see Vacation Tips: Typhoons in the Philippines]
6. FERDIE. PAGASA has just confirmed that, as of 20 July 2012, tropical depression “Ferdie” has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
4. DINDO (International Name: “Doksuri”). On 26 June 2012 (5:00 p.m.), PAGASA issued Severe Weather Bulletin No. 1, announcing that the active low pressure area east of Virac, Catanduanes, has developed into a tropical depression and was named “DINDO”. The first typhoon signal was not raised until the next day (Bulletin No. 3 issued on Wednesday, 27 June 2012, 5:00 a.m.) – Signal No. 1 over Cagayan and Isabela, raised to Signal No. 2 (by 5:00 p.m., Bulletin No. 5) over Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Islands, Isabela, Batanes Group of Islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt.Province, with Maximum winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up 90 kph; Signal No. 1 in Ilocos Norte, Abra, Ilocos Sur, Aurora, Ifugao, Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Benguet.
3. CARINA (International Code Name: “Talim”). After the slight confusion over its name (some used PAGASA’s preset name, Cosme), bagyong Carina entered the PAR on 20 June 2012, but didn’t make landfall. By the second Severe Weather Bulletin issued on 20 June 2012 (Wednesday, 11:00 p.m.), PAGASA announced that “CARINA” moved out of the PAR, with its center located 480 km North North of Basco, Batanes and maximum winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.
2. BUTCHOY (International Name: “Guchol”). On 14 June 2012 (Thursday, 11:00 a.m.), PAGASA issued its Severe Weather Bulletin Number One, announcing that the tropical storm over the Caroline Island has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named “BUTCHOY”. It was expected not to make a landfall. It was 880 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, with maximum winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. As of 16 June 2012, through Severe Weather Bulletin Number 6, PAGASA announced that Tropical Storm “BUTCHOY” has maintained its strength and is now moving in a North Northwestward direction.
1. AMBO (International Code: “Mawar”). The first typhoon for the year 2012 came in the middle of the year, as school opens nationwide. PAGASA, in its Severe Weather Bulletin No. 1 (issued at 11:30 p.m., Thursday, 31 May 2012), announced that the Active Low Pressure Area (ALPA) east of Samar has intensified into a tropical depression and was named “AMBO”. It has maximum winds of up to 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph, moving North Northeast at 13 kph, located 390 km East Northeast of Aparri, Cagayan as of 4:00 p.m. of 3 June 2012, and is expected to be 510 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes on Monday afternoon (per Bulletin 14A issued on 3 June 2012).