Recent rain causes flooding in Central Province

If you cannot adapt, you either move to a more suitable environment or you lose the battle of survival.

In PNG where weather can be unpredictable at times, it has become a game of nature versus man

And like many who live near a river, when raining season is on, the people of Laloki along the Hiritano highway, Central Province have to be on alert. Because, any time now, it may flood!

The last couple of days has been good on Port Moresby.

However, the continuous rain has put those residing along the riverside on the downside.

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This igloo -- er, house -- is in Webster, New York, just outside of Rochester. The area is one of the snowiest in the country, thanks to freezing winter temperatures and the moisture of the nearby Great Lakes. In the case of this prank of nature, high winds joined in the party and coated the house in layer after layer of ice.

Photographer John Kucko captured the scene, and says the area has had some particularly nasty weather lately.

Automatic weather stations being installed at airports

This is in conjunction with the recent launch of the Global Navigational Satellite System (GNSS) project.

GNSS delivers new instrument approach landing charts and enables satellite-based navigation at up to 45 airports and airstrips nationwide.

An automatic weather station is an automated version of the traditional weather station, either to save human labour or to enable measurements from remote areas.

It allows pilots to actually have access to detailed current weather conditions on the ground as they’re flying using GPS.

Strong wind warning issued for southern PNG

The PNG National Weather Service issued strong northwest to west winds of 25/34 knots.

Coastal villages are warned to take precaution when going out to sea following strong winds causing rough seas.

The strong winds will affect all coastal waters of Southern PNG through Daru to Kiwai Island to Kerema, Yule Island and to all Milne Bay Islands.

Coastal villagers are warned to avoid traveling long distances by boat or dinghy and also going out fishing during this time of strong winds.

Coastal villages warned of strong winds

The strong wind warning was issued by the PNG National Weather Service (PNGNWS) today.

The strong winds will affect all coastal waters of Southern PNG through Torres Strait, Kiwai Island and Kerema to waters of Samarai Island including Vanimo to Northern PNG.

PNGNWS assistant director Jimmy Gomoga said that strong winds are expected during the wet season especially along the southern coast of PNG and will continue into the New Year. 

Gomoga warned all small crafts and boats to take necessary precautions before going out to sea.

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Fine weather outlook for this weekend

PNGNWS assistant director Jimmy Gomoga said generally the country will have fine weather starting on Friday, December 30 to Monday, January 2.

Gomoga said there may be a shower or two however it will be mostly sunny throughout the weekend nationwide.

The usual fireworks display in Port Moresby put up annually by the Lamana Gold Club will not be affected as it will be mostly fine weather on New Year’s Eve.

PNG urged to prepare for wet season

Heavy rain is currently experienced throughout the country during this festive period and will continue into the new year as the northwest monsoon period creeps in.

During the northwest monsoon or La Niña period, the warmest waters are located closer to Australia and PNG thereby bring increased rainfall occurrences towards our region.

PNGNWS reported that La Niña events tend to but not always brings above normal rainfall across the country and in worst case scenarios, causes floods and landslides especially in the Highlands.

Maiha: More to do on weather and climate change

PNG National Weather Service director Samuel Maiha says PNG has a long way to go in making social and economic sense of climate services with the change in climate.

The average global temperature change for the first three months of 2016 was 1.48°C, essentially equaling the 1.5°C warming threshold agreed to by COP 21 negotiators in Paris last December.

Maiha said the increase of 1.5 degree Celsius will give the NWS the first guess of what to expect this coming monsoon season.

Media plays vital role in disaster preparedness for communities

Natural disasters include cyclones, flash floods, strong winds and El Nino.

Finland Pacific (FINPAC) project manager Christina Leala Gale said weather services need to improve on dealing with the media in order to effectively get their weather forecasts out to the communities. 

The FINPAC project is coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) on behalf of Pacific Island countries.