Weather is a dynamic process. In the tropics (e.g. Philippines) it is even extremely dynamic. Weather observation is needed for farmers, fishermen and tourism. Weather is the status of the atmosphere at a moment. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere "behaves" over relatively long periods of time. See also our "Climate page".
Weather forecast is very important to save lives. Severe weather in the months of June to December means tropical storms and typhoons. It may also mean drought during an El-Niño year or floods and week-long rain during a La-Niña year. See also our "El-Niño/La-Niña page". The Philippines are exposed to dramatic and fast weather development.
We provide you with "raw" and "prepared" information.
"Raw" information means satellite images. Seeing a storm developing on an animated satellite image allows you to predict its future direction. You can change your travel plans early enough and if needed look for shelter. "Prepared" information means outlooks on future weather with a certain probability of errors.
To complete your weather information have also a look in our "Marine Weather page".
These are the clouds over the north-west Pacific during the last 24 hours. The clouds were detected by their infrared emission using the sensors of Himawari-8, a satellite 35,800km above the equator at 145 degrees East longitude.
Most of the severe weather is building up east of the Philippines from nearby Palau to Micronesia and even the Marshall Islands.
Also these pictures are taken by MTSAT-2 (see above). This map is useful in tracking the movement of storm systems, particularly where radar data is not available.
This presentation of satellite images allows you to see the general trend of cloud movement over the past 24 hours. This can be especially helpful in understanding the movement of large storm systems.
Current cloud cover is shown as white and grey areas. The color of cloud tops relates to how cold they are. Occasionally, the highest, coldest cloud tops produce the heaviest precipitation. (orange to violet)