PAGASA, the state weather bureau, reported yesterday (January 10) the entry of a low-pressure area (LPA) to the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR). If the LPA strengthens, it will be locally named Agaton, the first tropical cyclone in the Philippines for 2014.
Last year, PAGASA revised the list of names for tropical cyclones within the PAR. There are four sets of names, and each set recurs every four years. If the number of cyclones within a given year exceeds 25, an auxiliary list will be used as well.