Pagasa still monitoring occurrence of El Niño

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) continues to monitor the rise of temperature in the tropical Pacific that could possibly lead to El Niño phenomenon.

Pagasa senior weather specialist Analiza Solis said the atmospheric condition is currently still neutral and there is no El Niño, but they still need to monitor due to the rise of temperature and formation of easterly wind component.

“Based sa El Nino watch na pinalabas ng Pagasa, may development na pwede lumabas ng June or July,” Solis told the Philippines News Agency (PNA) in a phone interview.

She said the agency expects another El Niño season this year that could start next month.

The weather bureau said that during El Niño, temperature in the Pacific Ocean increases, resulting to the intensification of weather disturbances such as storms and typhoons.

Pagasa added that El Niño also causes the behavior of tropical cyclones to become erratic, affecting its tracks and intensity.

Aside from drought, Solis said this phenomenon may also trigger stronger storms, much like tropical storms “Ondoy” and “Milenyo” which occurred while the country was experiencing El Niño.

At present, she said there is no particular region yet affected and different parts of the country may experience varying impacts.

Pagasa said El Niño is determined through a sea temperature of 0.5°C or higher.

The El Niño is the opposite of the La Niña phenomenon, which is associated with “wetter” conditions.

Government sectors are planning their own interventions on the projected onset of El Niño this June.

Newly appointed National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Alexander Pama said they have started talking with other agencies to prepare the public against El Niño's threat.

He said the agency will disseminate information to the public through the local government units, particularly on saving water that may contribute in alleviating the possible problem on water supply. (PNA)

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