April 25, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is no longer expecting a tropical cyclone to affect the country this month.
But PAGASA weather forecaster Jori Loiz on Sunday said at least one may visit next month and will be assigned with the name “Ambo.”
According to Loiz, the country has yet to experience a single storm since January.
He noted that the last tropical cyclone that hit the country was tropical depression “Onyok” in December 2015.
Loiz blamed the prevailing El Niño phenomenon for the fewer storms this year.
“We have less storms kapag may El Niño event,” he noted.
El Niño is a weather phenomenon caused by the unusual warming of ocean temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, which usually brings below-normal rainfall in the country.
PAGASA earlier said at least five to nine tropical cyclones were expected to affect the country from April to September this year.
During a non-El Niño year, the Philippines usually experiences six to 12 tropical cyclones during the same period.
Until Thursday, Loiz said the ridge of a high pressure area (HPA) and easterlies will continue to bring hot and humid weather in most parts of the country.
However, he noted that isolated rainshowers may still occur, especially in the eastern sections of Visayas and Mindanao, due to the effect of the easterlies or warm winds from the east.
Loiz said the intense heat brought by the easterlies triggers the formation of more cumulonimbus clouds or dark clouds associated with thunderstorms that bring rains. – RBA