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2010/03/22

Midnight downpour refreshes Zambo City, El Niņo still around: PAGASA

Zamboanga City (22 March) -- Wind convergence brought down torrential rains and thunderstorms in most parts of the City on midnight Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) here, said.

According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Mr. Paji Adjul the heavy downpour is a result of the merging of wind systems from two different directions at the atmosphere bringing several thunderstorms that caused flash water flow in the low lying areas of the city.

Adjul clarified the rainfall occurred at around 2:00PM on Sunday was a result of the cloud seeding operations of the Department of Agriculture (DA), however the rainfall that started at around 9:00PM is already brought by the wind convergence.

He likewise reported that the strong rains of more than one hour have reached a total of 79.6 millimeter based from the PAGASA rainfall gauge while the artificial rainfall has reached 2.0 mm earth penetration.

Partly we could say that this is brought about by the climatic change being experienced globally, since wind convergence is usually common during the rainy season, Adjul said.

Besides this occurrence, the City would still experience intense heat in the coming days brought by the El Niņo phenomenon, but in the latter part of May or early June would be the start of the usual wet season based on the satellite data of PAGASA, Adjul added.

Meanwhile, the city government has earmarked additional P2.8 million purposely for the cloud seeding operations in response to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's recent pronouncement declaring the whole of Mindanao under calamity situation.

To date, DA has already made several cloud seeding activities out of the P2.7 million funding allocation from the national government. (fnm/PIA-Zamboanga City) [top]

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