Finally, Filipinos can now have official terms for various meteorological terms ranging from monsoon to storm surges, as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) published a dictionary to help the public better understand weather conditions and warnings.
Titled “Patnubay sa Weder Forkasting,” the dictionary was an initiative by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino under National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario, Pagasa said in a Facebook post.
Some of the Filipino weather terms are Daluyong bagyo (storm surges) and pana-panahong hangin (monsoon).
The weather dictionary also has terms taken from other languages and local dialects such as Ilokano and Bikolano.
Meanwhile, Pagasa upgraded its mobile app — initially available for Android — that now contains vital weather information and flood warnings.
It said this was part of the technical cooperation between Pagasa and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-JPOW Project.