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Friday, August 17, 2012 08:11 AM    Views : 415

Sec. Mario G. Montejo
Department of Science and Technology

We anticipate a generally sunny, fair weather for the long weekend ahead, the best time to resume our usual weekend activities at home or elsewhere with our family and friends. It is also the best time to do and hang the laundry, and wash off the mud and dirt that built up during the recent monsoon rain and typhoon Helen.

According to DOST-PAGASA's five-day weather outlook, weak southwest monsoon will be the dominant weather system to affect the whole country in the next five days, 18-22 August 2012. This means generally good weather condition, except for isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening.

However, we will expect on Sunday, Aug. 19, a shallow low pressure area on the east of Luzon. This will cause a southwesterly wind flow over the country, bringing light to moderate rains in Northern and Central Luzon and Mindanao beginning Sunday until Wednesday.

The outlook likewise does not indicate any tropical cyclone within the Philippine area of responsibility.

Despite the generally fair weather ahead, we should constantly bear in mind that some areas in Luzon are still under flood due to the past monsoon rains. Our hearts go to our people who could not yet go back to normal living conditions and we hope that the good weather ahead will somehow help improve their situation.

DOST-PAGASA remains committed to its mandate of bringing to the country the most accurate and timely weather information, thus the long weekend may indicate fair weather but we continue to be on our toes in tracking the Philippine skies.

S & T Trivia

" Two Filipino inventors scored a pair of gold medals in the International Invention, Innovation, Industrial Design and Technology Exhibition (ITEX 2000) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in September 2000. Engr. Cornelio Seño of Los Banos, Laguna and Rolando dela Cruz garnered golds for their inventions called, respectively, "Pressure Fluid Machine" and "Topical Formulation in Removing Warts, Moles and the Like Using Cashew Nuts (Annacardium occidentale)." Dela Cruz spent 25 years of research for his winning cashew nut preparation known as Dewart and Demole. Seno has four US and four Philippine patents under his name. "

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