NEWS: PAGASA Announces Long Episode of El Niño towards the End of the Year

  enso+ NEWS: PAGASA Announces Long Episode of El Niño towards the End of the Year “Recent analyses from global climate models suggest that the ongoing El Niño condition will likely continue until mid-2015 with chances of strengthening toward the end of the year,” the weather bureau warned on Wednesday. Latest analyses showed that the latest El Niño episode will be a prolonged one. It said there will be some respite for at least 46 provinces that have been suffering from drought due to the reduced rainfall since December last year. Conditions will start to ease this May with the weakening of the easterlies, while the rains will come in mid-June with the start of the rainy season. Pagasa said 45 provinces have been suffering from drought or dry-spell conditions as of April. Ilocos Norte, Bataan, Biliran and Cavite will continue to suffer from extended dry conditions this month while Cebu will officially be considered to be suffering from a dry spell. Pagasa said rainfall will likely be near normal over the Cordillera Administrative Region, the Cagayan Valley, Northern Mindanao, Caraga and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao this May while rest of the country will experience below-normal rainfall conditions. “It is expected that 41 provinces will receive enough rainfall that may improve the existing dry conditions,” according to Pagasa. (pic source: http://www.pri.org)

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