Case study: Support to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA)

In December 2014, the Met Office worked closely with PAGASA in providing highresolution forecast data when Typhoon Hagupit developed to the east of the Philippines. Unlike Haiyan around a year earlier, there was far more forecast uncertainty. However, following the experience of Haiyan and the fact that Hagupit was at its strongest three days before landfall, authorities were well prepared and huge numbers of people were evacuated from vulnerable areas. Although sadly there was some loss of life, Hagupit was a far less deadly typhoon than some of its predecessors in the Philippines, which was in no small part due to preparations made in the week before its arrival.