Typhoon Seniang?

typhoon seniang 2014
Will a potential typhoon "Seniang" emerge from these cloud formations? (Credits: Joint Typhoon Warning Center website)

With tropical depression “Ruby” now moving out of the Philippine area of responsibility, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is now turning its attention on a weather system about 2000 kilometers away from the country that may eventually develop into a low pressure area.

If it further develops into a tropical cyclone, it will be called “Seniang” upon reaching the Philippines.

typhoon seniang 2014
Will a potential typhoon “Seniang” emerge from these cloud formations on the right side?
(Credits: Joint Typhoon Warning Center website)

In an interview with Interaksyon.com, state weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar nevertheless reiterated that the cloud cluster is still very far away from the country and does not pose a threat anytime soon.

That is a far cry from the statement yesterday of Dr. Landrico U. Dalida Jr., PAGASA’s officer-in-charge, who readily speculated that the potential cyclone may follow the path of “Ruby” on its way to Northern Luzon.

There are only three weeks left before 2014 comes to a close, but PAGASA raised the possibility of two more cyclones entering the country’s territory. This situation is not at all unprecedented.

It can be recalled that in 2011, Tropical Storm Sendong ravaged northern Mindanao particularly Cagayan de Oro City just a week before the Christmas holidays.

For now, it will be prudent for people to not believe in rumors being circulated in certain blogs and social networking sites. While it is never a bad thing to be overly prepared for a coming typhoon (which worked well in dealing with “Ruby”), fear-mongering not based on anything factual is not helping the public in any way.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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