On Keeping in Touch with Typhoons

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It’s almost typhoon season again, and as a local from the waterlogged Bicol region, I’ve tried multiple ways of getting information on the latest storms. Waiting for the local TV or radio news may be enough, but if you want instant information, these alternatives fill the gap.

Early Warning: Typhoon2000 Tropical Cyclone Updates iTyphoon App

Typhoon2000 Sample Email Alert (GORIO)
Typhoon2000's e-mail updates let me know of an approaching storm before I even know that there is one.

The best way to be warned of approaching storms, I’ve found, is subscribing to Typhoon2000.ph’s Tropical Cyclone Updates. Their forecasts and typhoon tracks, based on predictions by the JTWC, NOAA, and JMA, are pretty accurate and localized to the Philippine setting. It’s been quite helpful in warning us about the likes of Milenyo or Reming in 2006.

It’s totally free to join and it’s just basically a Yahoo! Group, so why not join the mailing list here.

But Wait: There's an App for That!

The iTyphoon App provides a convenient way to be prepared and track the progress of a storm.

The same folks who made Typhoon2000 created an app that enables you to view tracks and reports on the current storm. It’s cross platform, too. Anyone with a smartphone should have this handy little tool in his/her utilities section.

Download the app for - iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Nokia S40, Nokia Qt.

During the Storm: Typhoon2000.ph Text Updates

Typhoon2000 Sample SMS Alert (GORIO)
Text updates allow you to keep updated even during the storm.
What about when the storm's arrived, the power's out, and the you've been cut off from the wonders of the world wide web? Luckily, there is always this one line of communication that is the last to sputter out during typhoons: text messaging. All the lovebirds during this time are probably texting puke-worthy, drama-laden, messages full of "I miss you"'s and "I'm scared."'s, but text messaging can actually be used to serve legitimate purposes.

Simply text T2K TYPHOON to 2800 (Globe/TM), 2288 (Sun), or 216 (Smart/TNT) and you'll receive an update on the current typhoon. There is a charge of P2.50 per text.

What about PAG-ASA?

The Philippines' own weather agency
can hardly be relied upon for
accurate weather forecasts.
Sadly, time and experience have continuously demonstrated that our quaint little weather agency is completely incompetent at making weather predictions, and at times resorts to culling predictions from international weather agencies anyway. Not only that, PAG-ASA's site is almost always down during typhoon periods. I highly suggest just relying on these sources as there has never been a case for me that PAG-ASA was right over them.

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