Skip to main content

Philippines Feel the Effects of Kujira (Dante) - NASA/TRMM

Kujira became the first typhoon of the year in the northern West Pacific as it pulled away from the east-central Philippines early on the afternoon (local time) of the 4th of May 2009. The Philippines, which are frequently influenced by tropical cyclones, felt the effects of Kujira (known locally as "Dante") while it was still just a tropical storm.

Satellite view of typhoon (Kujira) Dante in the PhilippinesA tropical depression formed from a stationary area of low pressure on the afternoon (local time) of May 1st near the southeastern tip of Luzon along the eastern side of the central Philippines. Later that same day the depression was upgraded to a minimal tropical storm and was named Kujira. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite (commonly known as TRMM) has been providing valuable images and information on tropical cyclones around the Tropics for over 11 years now since its launch back in November of 1997. Armed with a combination of passive microwave and active radar sensors, TRMM can provide unique images of tropical cyclones.

This first image from TRMM shows what would later become Kujira just after it had formed into a tropical depression. The image was taken at 6:28 UTC (2:28 pm local time) on 2 May 2009. It shows the horizontal pattern of rain intensity (top down view) within the depression. Rain rates in the center of the swath are from the TRMM Precipitation Radar (PR), a unique space-borne precipitation radar, while those in the outer swath are from the TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI). These rain rates are overlaid on visible and infrared (IR) data from the TRMM Visible Infrared Scanner (VIRS). At the time of this image, the system was a new depression with sustained winds estimated at just 30 knots (35 mph) by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Rainfall chart of typhoon Dante (Kujira)in the PhilippinesBesides its own estimates, TRMM can be used to calibrate rainfall estimates from other satellites for increased coverage. The TRMM-based, near-real time Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is used to monitor rainfall over the global Tropics. TMPA rainfall totals associated with this system are shown for the period 27 April to 4 May 2009. The analysis shows extremely heavy amounts of rain on the order of 750 mm or more (~30 inches, shown by the lighter shade of brown) over southeastern Luzon and Catanduanes Island just to the east. Just over 12 hours after the previous TRMM snapshot of the depression was taken, a landslide in Sorsogon province in far southeastern Luzon killed 17 people when their houses were swept away in a village of Magallanes town. So far a total of 23 persons are reported to have died in the region on account of the storm, mainly due to flooding and landslides.

Satellite view of typhoon Dante (Kujira) exiting in the PhilippinesOn Sunday May 3rd, Kujira finally began to move off to the northeast away from the islands and into the northern Philippine Sea. In the process, it also gained strength. This last image from TRMM was taken at 20:25 UTC on the 3rd of May (4:25 am 4 May local time) as it was moving northeast away from the Philippines; at that time it was a strong tropical storm with sustained winds estimated at 55 knots (~63 mph). In this image, Kujira has a small but well-defined core made up almost entirely of a complete eyewall containing moderate to intense rain (continuous circular area of green and red, respectively). Kujira would go on to become a strong Category 3 typhoon with sustained winds estimated at 100 knots (115 mph) by the following afternoon. The storm is expected to strengthen slightly before weakening in the northwest Pacific well south of Japan.

Images by Hal Pierce(SSAI/NASA GSFC) and captions by Steve Lang (SSAI/NASA GSFC)

Note: The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) is a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) designed to monitor and study tropical rainfall.

RELATED LINKS:

Popular posts from this blog

Pantomina Lyrics And Music

Pantomina is Spanish for pantomime, movements imitating the courtship movements of the rooster and the hen.
Ang mga babaye
Kung mayo pa nin agom
Maugay nin aga maugay nin hapon
Alagad kung sinda igua na nin agom
Maugay Octobre, Disyembreng sunudon.

Ica palan, Nenang ang pinagsasabi
Magayon na burac sa lugar na ini
Magayon ang tindog malinig ang pisngi
Arin pa daw ang puso ang dai mawili.

Can ica sadit pa sadit pa man aco
Si satuyang cawat magkudot-kudotan
Kinudot mo aco kinudot ta ca man
Sabi mo sa saco luhayluhaya man.

Ang mga lalake
Hudyan sisaboot
Ang pinagsasabing ngarang pagcamoot
Kundi ang babayeng iyo minahilod
Akong minahiling can mga pangguyod.

RELATED LINKS:Is There an English Equivalent Word for Pantomina? - Thoughts...
Music Museum - Boses nin Catandungan - Fund Raising for victims of typhoons in Catanduanes

A Fresh Look At Siling Labuyo

Siling labuyo (Capsicum frutescens) has the potential to reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, cataract, and macular degeneration. This was stressed by Dr. Evelyn B. Rodriguez, professor from the Institute of Chemistry at the University of the Los BaƱos (UPLB) in a seminar on indigenous plants for health and wellness at the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) during its 19th National Research Symposium and in celebration of the 8th National Agriculture and Fisheries R&D Week. Also known as the chili pepper, siling labuyo is among the indigenous plants that the Department of Agriculture (DA) promotes through the Indigenous Plants for Health and Wellness RDE Program” of BAR. The said program aims to promote and highlight the importance of indigenous plants and its products. The fruit of siling-labuyo is a popularly used as a spicy and chili condiment while its leaves are usually consumed as vegetables.

In medicinal terms, the labuyo fruit was earlier utilized as …

View from Space of Panian Mine on Semirara Island, Philippines

A year ago, Semirara island was mentioned many times by pro-mining advocates to rationalize coal mining as well as the economic benefits it would bring to our island. At that time, there was no way to visualize the environmental impact and damage it could have done. Now, Panian Mine on Semirara Island, Philippines is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 23 crew member of the International Space Station. This detailed astronaut photograph provides a rare cloud-free view of the northern end of Semirara Island, which is located approximately 280 kilometers to the south of Manila in the Philippines. The northern part of the island is dominated by the Panian Coalfield, the largest of three coalfields on the island. Most of the coal is used for energy generation in the Philippines, with some exported to India and China. The Panian coalfield is being mined using open-pit methods. The rock and soil above the coal layers (or seams) is known as overburden. Overburden is remo…

Philippine Mining Act of 1995

With the recent issue of magnetite ore mining overwhemingly opposed by residents in the town of Bagamanoc and recently moved the mining site off the coast of Panganiban (Payo), I am compelled to post this Mining Act to serve as reference. "Republic Act No. 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 (“Act”) is the governing law that regulates mineral resources development in the country. One of the primary objectives of this act is to revitalize the ailing Philippine mining industry by providing fiscal reforms and incentives and maintaining a viable inventory of mineral reserves to sustain the industry through the infusion of fresh capital through direct investments to finance mineral exploration and/or development activities. The original implementing rules and regulations of the Act was prepared in 1995, and was revised in 1996 under DENR Administrative Order 96 – 40, the revised implementing rules and regulations (RIRR).

Collectively, the Act and its RIRR take into considerat…

Japanese Retirement Village in the Philippines

The Philippines is being eyed as a prime medical, health care and retirement destination for Japanese. According to studies, one out of four people in Japan will be aged 65 by 2020, from one out of six in 2000. Now is the best time to set up the retirement village for Japanese as baby boomers will start retiring in 2007. Several notable Japanese companies have already initiated building medical and retirement havens in the Philippines. These include Sanyo Emeritus Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Sanyo Electric and Emeritus Corp. of Seattle, which provides "assisted living" services in the US and Canada; as well as Tokushukai Medical Corp., Japan's largest hospital chain, which is putting up a $100 million, 1000-bed hospital in the Philippines, targeting elderly Japanese citizens. The Philippines is highly regarded because of its mild climate enjoyed by Japanese, its close proximity to Japan, the high quality of the Philippines' healthcare workforce, and the sign…