El Nino

NCD faces high risk of water shortage

The monsoon period starts this month until April with below average rainfall expected over the south coast of the country due to the El Nino induced weather, which will affect the Sirinumu Dam at Sogeri.

City residents run a high risk of running out of water come the period after the monsoon which is from May to July.

National Weather Service (NWS) director Samuel Maiha says we are into the monsoon period when rainfall starts to increase a bit and is also expected to increase the volume in the reservoir.

Weatherman says less rainfall expected

National Weather Service director Samuel Maiha says the country will experience rain throughout the country in the next three months but below the average rainfall.

The temperature for the next three months is expected to be very warm during the day and warmer than usual at night due to more cloud cover during the monsoon period.

Maiha confirmed that the current rainfall throughout PNG is very consistent with the outlook provided by weather experts at the APEC Climate Centre (APCC) in Busan, South Korea.

El Niño blamed for out-of-season central Pacific cyclone

Cyclone Pali is currently above the equator in the ocean between the Marshall Islands and Kiribati, about 1300km southwest of Hawaii.

A forecaster at the US National Weather Service in Hawaii, Alistair Foster, says Pali is one of the earliest recorded in the central Pacifc, where the cyclone season is not due to begin for another five months.

Mr Foster says it's not unprecedented to have out-of-season cyclones in an El Niño year, with warm ocean temperatures allowing them to develop.

Hollywood launches Awards season amid rare rainstorms

Shows like the Golden Globes are putting proper protection in place, while celebs, of course, will be stressing about how they look.

They call this hombre El Nino - a rare wet-weather phenomenon up from southern climes - and he blew in amid a flood of publicity this past week, with no plans to leave before making a likely splash at the Oscars on Feb. 28.

Traditional methods urged to save sweet potato

Dr David Askin of Kilu Consulting (New Zealand) said sweet potato weevil is the worst insect pest of kaukau that ruins storage roots (tubers) which rot with bitter taint.

Kaukau is the most important food crop in PNG with over 60% of the total population depending on it.

Dr Askin said when kaukau is infected with the weevil's larvae, even pigs won’t eat the storage roots.

His advice comes at a time when there are reports of the weevil causing great harm in PNG gardens, especially when communities are slowly recovering from food shortage caused by the drought.

Worries grow over humanitarian impacts of 'strongest El Nino'

The weather phenomenon is set to exacerbate droughts in some areas while increasing flooding in others.

Some of the worst impacts are likely in Africa with food shortages expected to peak in February.

Regions including the Caribbean, Central and South America will also be hit in the next six months.


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Stop roadworks and protect PNG from drought: Polye

This follows scientific reports that the long dry spell will last another 12 months and that available resources such as water and food may become scarce, pushing people to the edge of poverty and starvation.

Opposition Leader  Don Polye says necessary preparations must be made to prepare the city and the country to survive the prolonged El Nino period.

Mr Polye says reports by Eda Ranu, the water supplier, that the Sirinumu  dam had about 35% of water remaining to keep the city going till mid next year must not be taken lightly.

Drought plagues Vanuatu people

The El Nino drought has become a regional challenge with negative effects on subsistence livelihood, says Antoine Ravo, a senior agriculture officer with the Vanuatu Department of Agriculture. 

Ravo said agricultural food production has declined in villages as people cannot tend to their gardens due to lack of rainfall in the last several months. 

El Niño weather starts move toward drought in Marshall Islands

Weather officials say, however, that the Marshall Islands is not yet safely out of the El Niño-inspired cycle that has produced multiple tropical storms and cyclones with resulting damage and seawater inundations in this low-lying country.

Even as the weather system appears to be shifting, the Marshall Islands has one or two months left in the typhoon danger zone, while drought conditions will magnify, Guam-based weather officials predict.