Workshop focused on seasonal prediction and drought monitoring

The training and workshop was attended by climate staff of the National Weather Service.

The workshop commenced on Monday and focused on training climate staff on seasonal prediction and drought monitoring and ended today with a stakeholder engagement workshop on Early Rainfall Watch.

The early rainfall watch provides a summary of recent rainfall patterns, particularly the status of drought and enables them to improve seasonal predictions and monitoring.

Wet conditions will continue: Weather service

The National Weather Service (NWS) says the slightly weak La Nina conditions will prevail through February, March and April.

This week though, there is a high possibility of a cyclone forming in the Coral Sea that might see very strong winds experienced in the Southern Region.

Currently there is a tropical depression located in the Coral Sea but it will move further southeast and may develop into a tropical cyclone.

Flash flood warning for Central Province

The Central Provincial Administration, through the provincial disaster office, has urged villagers along the coastal areas and rivers, stream beds, drainage ditches and culverts to take extra precaution.

Effects of Tropical Cyclone Fehi: Weather service

The National Weather Service says Category One Tropical Cyclone Fehi developed following a tropical depression which had developed in the eastern Solomon Sea and moved further south into the South Eastern Coral Sea.

The National Weather Service has released a report affirming that TC Fehi will move further south and dissipate or dissolve near New Zealand.

Weather outlook for the week will see moderate rainfall continue throughout the country whilst some parts of the Highlands and Southern regions will continue to receive more rainfall.

Commuters stranded

Parents, especially those travelling up to leave their children at Iarowari High School, have no choice but to wait for the river to subside.

Even those wishing to travel into Port Moresby are facing the same issue on the other side of the river.

The nation’s capital and Central Province have been experiencing continuous rainfall since the weekend, with rivers flooding their banks and drains overspilling onto roads.

The wet weather has also prompted most schools to send students home.

More to follow…

(Pictures by Lucy Arere)

PNG to experience below average rainfall during wet season

The PNG National Weather Service confirmed that the country is now well into the wet season although there was a delay in the formation of the La Nina leading to below average rainfall.

PNGNWS assistant director Jimmy Gomoga said the La Nina normally starts in November and ends in April, however  the wet weather started only in December. 

Gomoga explained that the delay was due to the fact that the interaction between the atmosphere and the oceans was established late hence the delay.

End of ‘perfect Christmas weather’

Around 10.15am, the heavens opened and a torrent was unleashed.

Excited children took to the streets, whooping joyfully as they splashed around in the downpour.

According to AccuWeather.com, residents should expect thunderstorms in parts of the city today.


Heavy rains hit Kimbe

Last week’s weather was unpredictable with showers and fine days.

This morning, the heavens opened with flash floods evident everywhere.

It could be a wet Easter period for the Province if the rains continue.