It's that time of the year again when we can regularly expect strong rains, scary storms, insta-floods, and highways becoming parking lots. We can't do much about the weather, but we do have the right to complain and rage about the rainy season-related urban problems that happen every damn year. However, before you troll your favorite politiko, remember that it's also up to us to prepare as much as we can, and try to avoid getting stuck in traffic standstills and impromptu versions of Waterworld.
"Unsalted salt water kayo riyan, P50 lang kada garapon!"
With that in mind, we've lined up a host of apps to help you get ready for and survive these waterlogged months: four that gives you crucial info on weather forecasts, alternate routes, and hazard areas; one that lists emergency numbers; and a trio to help you stave off boredom, whether you're on the road or waiting it out at home!
Enjoy (and stay safe), fellas! Don't let Glenda ruin your already wet day so DL now!
Make it a habit to check weather forecasts before you leave your crib! AccuWeather's one of the most popular weather service around: it keeps tabs on “nearly 3 million locations” worldwide including Metro Manila, provides hourly and daily forecasts, and serves up comprehensive details on current weather conditions. Make like a Boy Scout and be laging handa!
In other news, it looks like a kaiju centipede
is about to gobble up the Philippines
The DOST's Project NOAH has become a go-to resource for anyone in need of extensive weather forecasting data from nationwide monitoring stations and sensors. Plus points for detailing which local areas have the "historical" tendency to get flooded and are in danger of flash floods and mudslides. And because mobile devices are in, it now can be accessed via your smartphone and tablet.
Even Noah approves:
"Dear God, Y U NOT MAKE IT AVAILABLE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT?"
MMDA TRAFFIC NAVIGATOR
This app has turned into another mobile must-have for Metro Manila residents. With data coming straight from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), users are kept updated about current road and traffic conditions throughout nine major urban thoroughfares/areas. Time to plan your routes—and get familiar with other water-free roads and shortcuts, especially if you see nothing but M-H on the app!