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Brief Communications: Using the new Philippine radar network to reconstruct the Habagat of August 2012 monsoon event around Metropolitan Manila

Authors / Editors: Maik Heistermann, Irene Crisologo, Catherine Abon, Bernard Alan Racoma, Stephan Jacobi, Nathaniel Servando, Axel Bronstert David, Carlos Primo C.


ABSTRACT

From 6 to 9 August 2012, intense rainfall hit the northern Philippines, causing massive floods in Metropolitan Manila and nearby regions. Local rain gauges recorded almost 1000 mm within this period. However, the recently installed Philippine network of weather radars suggests that Metropolitan Manila might have escaped a potentially bigger flood just by a whisker, since the centre of mass of accumulated rainfall was located over Manila Bay. A shift of this centre by no more than 20 km could have resulted in a flood disaster far worse than what occurred during Typhoon Ketsana in September 2009.


Published by: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 13 , 2013 | Page Nos: 1-5
Link: http://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/13/653/2013/
Type of Publication: Journal Article