Tuesday, April 06, 2010
And Monsoon Watch Series will be resumed on this Blog from April 11th.
Giving an urgent update, as I see some good developments of it waning now.
The decrease in trade wind strength over the Pacific, mentioned in my blog in the last update,and which stalled the decay of the current El Niño event, appears to have ended. Trade winds have strengthened over the Pacific last week, leading to a slight cooling of the ocean surface temperatures in the central Pacific.
The recent decrease in trade wind strength over the Pacific, which stalled the decay of the current El Niño event, appears to have ended. Trade winds have strengthened over the Pacific during the past fortnight, leading to a slight cooling of the ocean surface temperatures in the central Pacific
The current (31 March) 30-day value of the SOI is −12, while the monthly value for February was −15.The 30-day Southern Oscillation Index [SOI] to 4 April was -5.
Most international computer models are predicting a return to neutral conditions during the next 2 months.
Meanwhile, we read of the effects of the current El-Nino in Eastern Asia regions.
Vietnam faces a power shortage this year as a drought threatens production of hydroelectricity.
Serious dry weather nationwide is significantly hurting water levels in reservoirs used for hydropower production, the government said in a statement on its Web site.
Dry weather caused by the El Nino has raised concern that rice crops in the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam and palm oil in Malaysia and Indonesia may be reduced this year, spurring food inflation. Vietnamese.
The El Nino weather phenomenon, characterized by warmer sea-surface temperatures across the equatorial Pacific, can cut rainfall in Asia.
For the Indonesia regions, if the El-Nino weakens, inter-monsoon period would set in soon with rains expected in May and June.
The highest temperature in India today (Tuesday) was 43.8c at Nagpur. Nearing our 45c poll mark now! And highest in Pakistan today reached 43c in Nawabshah.