This is a small note telling some photos taken during the campaigns at Laoag, Philippines, and at Kototabang or Bukittingi, Indonesia have been uploaded in “Photo Gallery” page. Please enjoy.




PAGASA Laoag Synop Airport Upper Air Station

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Today I left Laoag earlier than my colleagues a little bit.
I enjoyed much my stay there. Of course, in terms of observation we could do what we planned. But frankly speaking, I have another reason for my excitement.
Laoag is a special place for me personally, as I feel like a kind of nostalgia from its name. In Japan, Japan Meteorological Agency broadcasts weather reports for southeast Asia through radio once a day at 16:00 (it used to be three times per day; 09:10, 16:00, and 22:00), so that anyone can draw a weather chart on a blank weather map. A report from Laoag is sometimes sent out only when the report from Basco is not available. When I was a high school student, I drew weather chart for over two years every day. Indeed, I missed to draw only 3 days or so. Anyway, when I could hear the name of Laoag, I thought something happened, and Laoag staff must be happy as their data were reported. Of course, I knew nothing about Laoag itself.
This time, we are conducting our observations at Laoag, and this synop station is our base. Can you imagine how I felt? If yes, you must be a boy who draws your own weather chart.

Dear Mam Cynthia, Chief Meteorological Officer, and her able staff, we deeply appreciate your help for our observations as well as generous hospitality shown to us.
Observations will continue. Please take care of yourself as much as possible and have good days.   (ky)







Day after day

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

We have kept routine work with daytime intercomaprison in addition to 6-hourly soundings. According to the report by PAGASA radar engineer, their mobile radar was set well and could monitor rain area over the SCS. Radar continuous observation will start from tomorrow for one month. NICAM forecast also says we may have a chance of heavy rain in the coming days over the coast or ocean. Thus, we have no heavy cloud and no rain over our site. That is why we continue the intercomparison work day after day. (ky)



これまで実施した3機種の比較観測は計13回。予想通りの日射の影響を確認している。ところで、雨は降るのか? (ky)





Radar has come

Monday, July 30, 2018


PAGASA’s mobile X-band multi-parameter radar equipped on a car has arrived at PAGASA Laoag station this morning. Then, they moved to the top of smal hill, where Paoay lake is located on the foot. Its operation will be conducted from August 1 through one month. Currently, PAGASA’s staff are setting up and will conduct calibration tomorrow. (ky)


UP has come

Saturday, July 28, 2018


The University of the Philippines Prof. Cabrera and her 7 students have visited the PAGASA Laoag Station after a long overnight drive from Quezon. While they learn about observation, some students may pursue to develop correction scheme of radiosonde data for a master thesis. After they listened to a lecture telling overview of the campaign as well as intercomparison experiment, they joined to make a rigging frame for simultaneous launch of three radiosondes. PAGASA Laoag station has been occupied with their young and cheerful energy.  (ky)




大学のあるケソン市から7時間のバス移動で到着したばかりで、疲れているはずだが、先生の前だからか、まじめに講義を受け、作業にも手を出した。3台のラジオゾンデを同時に飛揚するための枠を一緒に作ってもらった。ワイワイ仲良くやっている。あと10個は作ってもらうよ、とは伝えてある。 (ky)