PAGASA Radar Station Baler
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PAGASA is located on top of the hill so getting there is like a challenge straight out from Survivor. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, nonetheless I was quite distressed and ill-prepared. I was always behind the group, panting and wheezing like an asthmatic person.
On top of the mountain is the PAGASA building, solar panels, and satellite dish. The PAGASA personnel looked anything but surprised when they saw us. Obviously, they’re used to tourists visiting their place. They had us sign our names in a log book and allowed us to indulge in taking pictures.
We also had a little bit of weather forecasting 101. They use a Doppler radar to measure the amount of rain a cloud formation may bring in a certain area. It helps them predict the weather and once they get the information they send it to the main office for the weather forecast. The PAGASA guy (sorry wasn’t able to get his name) was gracious enough to turn off the machine so we could go upstairs and see the radar for ourselves. The radar has radiation, and we don’t want to leave the place as mutants you know.
So we went upstairs and see this humongous round thing.
Not only did we get to see the Doppler radar, we were also treated with a spectacular view of the mountains, the sea, and the coastline.
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