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Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng: Is it Payback Time?

Written By David D'Angelo on Thursday, October 1, 2009 | 10/01/2009

Not everyone may remember but as I searched the internet today both Ondoy and Pepeng had already entered the Philippines as weak typhoons.  In fact they had also entered the country similarly as this year.  Ondoy (international name Tembin) entered on November 8, 2005 and Pepeng (international name Bolaven).  Both of these typhoons suffer the same fate.  They both lost strength and dissipated as they make landfall.

Are these typhoons making their way back and giving us one hell of a comeback?  Seems a coincidence but it is definitely one weird coincidence and I hope that Pepeng will not really be a devastating typhoon.  Here are the details of the two typhoon in 2005.


Tropical Storm Tembin (Ondoy)

Tropical storm (JMA)
Tropical storm (SSHS)
TS Tembin 2005.jpg Tembin 2005 track.png
Duration November 10 – November 10
Intensity 65 km/h (40 mph) (10-min), 1002 hPa (mbar)
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center initiated warning for Tropical Depression 23W at 0900 UTC November 7, north-northwest of the Micronesian island of Yap. The storm gained enough power to warrant upgrading to a Tropical Storm 12 hours later. The system entered the Philippine area of responsibility on the morning of November 8 and was named Ondoy by PAGASA. The storm encountered shear as it moved west, and lost organisation on November 8, being downgraded to a tropical depression. On November 9 it regained tropical storm strength and had a better LLCC (low-level circulation centre). On November 10 it was named Tembin by the JMA. Tembin is a Japanese constellation for the group of stars known in the west as Libra. Tembin then made landfall near midnight November 11 local time in the northern Philippines and lost much of its circulation and convection. Tembin dissipated rapidly the next day.

Severe Tropical Storm Bolaven (Pepeng)

Severe tropical storm (JMA)
Category 1 typhoon (SSHS)
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Duration November 16 – November 20
Intensity 100 km/h (65 mph) (10-min), 985 hPa (mbar)
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center initiated a TCFA warning for a low-pressure system about 150 nautical miles (280 km) west-southwest of Palau late on November 12. This was upgraded to a tropical depression the next afternoon, 290 nautical miles (550 km) west of Palau. Forming inside the Philippine area of responsibility it has been named Pepeng by PAGASA. It was named Bolaven on November 16 by the JMA. Bolaven is a Laotian word meaning plateau or mesa. Although it strengthened into a Category 1 typhoon on November 17, it weakened to a tropical storm before making landfall on November 20 at about 800 local time in Cagayan Valley in the northern Philippines. Bolaven rapidly dissipated that same day north of the Philippines.


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