Weaker, Shorter la Nina Forecast

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Weaker, Shorter la Nina Forecast


MANILA, Philippines - The La Nina phenomenon affecting the country will be weak to moderate from January to February and will dissipate between March and May, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) predicted Friday. PAGASA said the oceanic and atmospheric patterns in the equatorial Pacific reflect the continuation of a weak-to-moderate La Nina. PAGASA also said that the weather systems that influenced the country's climate last December were the northeast monsoon, ridge of High-Pressure Area (HPA), tail end of the cold front, wind convergence, Low-Pressure Area (LPA), and one tropical cyclone. Storm "Sendong" topped the list of 10 Philippine destructive tropical cyclones in 2011, with the biggest death toll, 1,257, as reported by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in Region X bore the brunt of "Sendong," but the storm also affected parts of Regions VI,VII, IX, X, XI, Caraga and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The climate pattern during the month was influenced by La Nina, which brought rains to most areas of the country. …

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