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PIA Press Release
2008/02/29

It's going to be watery summer

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (29 February) -- IT's going to be a watery summer it that would technically be a summer at all!

But if it's any consolation, there wont be storms, says Bohol chief meteorologist at the local weather station here.

Emmanuel Oronan, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) says the weather aberration is due to the La Niņa.

Guesting the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, Oronan came up with the La Nina situationer and expounded on the climate changes including the La Nina as experienced by the world and as brought about by the phenomena of global warming.

The La Niņa, which is a generally wet season caused by unusually lower and sometimes extensive cooling of the ocean-atmosphere as affected by different factors. This impacts in several areas across the globe, sometimes causing events that are generally associated with wetter conditions.

According to Oronan, as per latest La Nina advisory that his office received, the weather aberration intensity has gone from moderate to strong.

He said the La Niņa forecast could extend the wet climate from March to May, the summer months. Moreover, the rains may be relentless from July to August, when the rains dwindle to its normal conditions.

If this forecast would be true to the dot, then there could be no more summers the By this, rains in May, the hottest part of the year may be expected, one that could probably impact again on the local farming practices.

And when the rainy days officially start in June, it would not be announcing itself as the rains have emphatically preceded its coming.

In fact, according to reports, the rains that came last month was above the normal 70 millimeters and in this month, Cebu weather monitors have recorded more than 100 millimeters of rainfall.

As this developed, weather forecasters here have been on the constant alert for rain induced landslides which may pose danger to lives and property.

Local disaster coordinating council here in tandem with the Office of the Civil Defense have strengthened their community based disaster alert system based on the newly crafted disaster maps.

At the forecast, the weather watchers would rather ask farmers to go shift for crops that could withstand the generally wet season through August.

Failure to do so may again prove disastrous to the local agricultural harvest and could impact not just on the farmer's projected income per planting season but on the local food production as well. (PIA) [top]

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