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El Niño is Over, but Its Impact May Persist, PAGASA Warns

El Niño Impact

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced on Friday that the El Niño weather phenomenon has officially ended, but it’s impact may persist. This declaration comes after conditions in the tropical part of the Pacific Ocean returned to normal levels.

Here are some details according to the report of ABS-CBN News.

Ongoing Impact Despite Neutral Conditions

Despite the transition to an El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)-neutral state and the prevailing Southwest monsoon, PAGASA cautioned that some areas in the country might still experience the lingering effects of El Niño. These effects include warmer-than-usual surface temperatures and below-normal rainfall.

PAGASA also indicated that there is a likelihood of transitioning to La Niña between July and September. El Niño and La Niña represent the warm and cold phases, respectively, of the ENSO climate pattern, which significantly influences global climate through variations in wind strength, direction, and sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

In the Philippines, El Niño typically results in reduced rainfall and fewer storms, leading to drought conditions. Conversely, La Niña is associated with above-normal rainfall and an increased number of tropical cyclones forming near the country. The recent El Niño brought significant drought to large parts of the nation, affecting various sectors.

Recent Impacts of El Niño

The rising temperatures in recent months due to El Niño forced tens of thousands of schools to suspend face-to-face classes. Additionally, the increased demand for electricity placed further strain on the country’s already stressed power supply.

PAGASA announced the start of the rainy season on May 29. The weather agency forecasts 13 to 16 tropical cyclones to form inside or enter the Philippine area of responsibility this year. The first storm of the year, Aghon, crossed the central parts of the country from May 24 to 29, resulting in six fatalities and over P1 billion in damages to infrastructure and agriculture.

While the end of El Niño is a positive development, PAGASA’s warning about its potential lingering impact underscores the importance of continued vigilance and preparedness. As the country potentially transitions to La Niña, the focus will shift to mitigating the risks associated with increased rainfall and tropical cyclones.

Read Also: Water Conservation Effortlessly: Practical Tips Amid El Niño

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