Rainy season for 2015 officially starts, but El Nino may still intensify -PAGASA

It's time to take out your umbrella, raincoat, rain boots, waterproof handbags and other rain protection gear because the rainy season has officially started, announced by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Monday, June 22, 2015.

PAGASA acting Administrator Vicente Malano said the occurrence of widespread rainfall recorded in most PAGASA stations being monitored over the weekend confirms the onset of the rainy season.

The rainy season normally starts in June, peaks in July and August and ends some time in October or November.

The announcement on the onset of rainy season was delayed because of the El Niño and the state weather bureau is still expecting the phenomenon to intensify in the following months.

Here’s the complete advisory from PAGASA:

DOST-PAGASA S&T Release
22 June 2015
Quezon City

The occurrence of widespread rainfall recorded in most PAGASA stations being monitored over the weekend confirms the onset of the rainy season.

Intermittent to continuous rains and thunderstorms, associated with the Southwest wind flow, will affect Metro Manila and the western section of the country.

The day-to-day change in the weather pattern indicate seasonal shift from dry to wet season. However, breaks in the rain events are commonly experienced that may last for several days to weeks due to the persistence of the ridge of the North Pacific high pressure area.

Meanwhile, El Niño condition is still present in the tropical Pacific and is expected to continue and intensify into a moderate to strong El Niño during the second half of the year. Latest rainfall analysis showed that below normal rainfall conditions were experienced in many parts of the country.

With the onset of the rainy season, it is likely that areas affected by below normal rainfall conditions will eventually improve in the coming months specifically in Norther Luzon.

PAGASA will continue to closely monitor the situation and updates/advisories shall be issued as appropriate. The public and all concerned agencies are advised to take precautionary measures against the impacts of the rainy season.

For more information, please contact PAGASA at telephone numbers 927-1335 or 434-0955.

original signed:

VICENTE B. MALANO, Ph.D.
Acting Administrator

(via pagasa.dost.gov.ph)

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