Amateur meteorologist’s storm tracking website more accurate than PAG-ASA’s weather bulletin

Mike Padua, an amateur meteorologist from Naga City, correctly predicted that Basyang would head for Metro Manila in his website www.typhoon2000.ph, reports Inquirer.net.

PAGASA was reprimanded by President Noynoy Aquino for failing predict that Typhoon Basyang would hit Metro Manila. The weather bureau’s report on July 13 at 11 p.m. said Typhoon Basyang had weakened and would only hit Northern and Central Luzon.

Padua said that the problem with the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) forecast went beyond the procurement of new equipment.

"You will need more training to go with the new equipment. But more than how to use the new equipment, training in the new methods of meteorology and storm tracking," Padua told the Inquirer.net.

Padua also recommended training under experts from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida and the use resources on the Internet. "There are many websites officially recognized by many agencies," Padua said.

According to Inquirer.net, weather bureau chief Prisco Nilo, however, told media and the President that while the bureau only predicted it would cross Bulacan and Central Luzon, it raised Signal No. 2 in the metropolis.

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