MANILA - A band of clouds pushed the rains from tropical storm Jenny northwards and away from Metro Manila, the head of the Department of Science and Technology said Wednesday.
Several cities in Metro Manila suspended classes Tuesday after state weather bureau PAGASA predicted "light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains" in the region and vast swaths of Luzon and Visayas.
"Naka-forecast s'ya na magiging maulan, hindi naging ganoon... Another system na mga ulap ay itinulak pa-northwards iyung ulan kaya na-spare ang Metro Manila," DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña.
(Metro Manila was predicted to have rainy weather, but it didn't happen. Another system of clouds pushed the rains northwards so Metro Manila was spared.)
The path forecast for Jenny was within 100 kilometers of its actual track, making PAGASA's prediction fall within the standards of the World Meteorological Organization, he said.
Jenny came on the heels of last week's tropical storm Ineng, which local officials said dumped a month's worth of rain in just one day over Ilocos Norte.
PAGASA had predicted that Ineng will bring moderate to heavy rains, noted Dela Peña.
"Sabi ng PAGASA, iyun namang naka-forecast na volume ay hindi naman inaccurate," he told radio DZMM.
(PAGASA said the forecast volume was not inaccurate.)
The bureau collaborates with its counterparts in Japan, Taiwan and US for its weather prediction models, he added.