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  1. up2u

    up2u DI Junior Member

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    I have not been in PH at this time of year before but I am told that the never ending rain is not the usaul weather pattern at this time of year, and is a result of La Niña. There seems to be no end in sight to the current drenching. Am I wrong or is this unusual for this time of year?
     
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    you mean, EL NINO.
     
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    i think it's the other way around.
    EL NINO - is unusual long dry season. while,
    LA NINA - is unusual long rainy season.

    so now, it's la nina in valencia & duma as well...
     
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    La Nina is never ending rain, which is what we have for some reason its not as newsworthy as El Nino, its just more miserable.
     
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    Oh sorry, I have only heard of El Nino, my bad.:o
    So in the UK, its the same La Nina, always raining.
     
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    in the UK LA Nina is a normal weather pattern that lasts 355 days every year, the other 10 days is El Nino you know when that has arrived because everyone complains its to hot.
     
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    at least we won't get sunburn :D
     
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    youre all welcome to sunny canada where the temp right now is -32c. :D 3 more weeks and l'm coming to the lukewarm rain..........l cant wait :smile:
     
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    hmmmm, the rain is not warm, and I am freezing, but maybe I am too long in the PI already.

    Rhoody
     
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    you should have all known

    Guys and girls, this La Nina phenomenon of 2008 had already been seen to happen since early of 2007 .Some of you there visiting seem to be in deep grief of this continuous down pour like forever , as if caught unexpected,I know it isn't nice to be holidaying in the rain. People travelling to the philippines or elsewhere should have done advanced research of some weather predictions ahead and better to know what to expect or the worse,maybe to change destinations or plans. When we were planning our last yr's Philippine holiday we were having thoughts to arrive greeted with incessant La Nina rain ,entirely wet holday . However, came July-August 07 it was almost solid dry and more sun ,it only pissed few days when in Sipalay,that was all the rain we had . We were enjoying the tail end of El Nino.2 weeks later after we left , more rain started pouring and to this day . But that holiday timing we had was only out of luck , good for the trees I planted in the mountain were said to be thriving well during this La Nina,sadly not good for some holiday makers, esp if one has to do white-water rafting Valencia- Duma.

    More info of La Nina if you surf in , here's one for you:

    ENN: La Nina Pacific cooling may last to mid-year: U.N.


    La Nina Pacific cooling may last to mid-year: U.N.

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    • La Nina Pacific cooling may last to mid-year: U.N.
    • La Nina seen persisting into 2008
    • La Nina May Strengthen In Coming Months
    • Australia sees La Nina weather staying for months

    By Robert Evans
    GENEVA (Reuters) - A sea-surface cooling in the Pacific, which may have contributed to strong hurricanes in the United States and a freeze-up in China, could last at least until mid-year, the U.N. weather body WMO said on Monday.
    The cooling pattern, known as La Nina, alternates naturally with a warming effect called El Nino, and both have been associated with extreme weather around the globe.
    "Information coming in indicates that the likelihood of La Nina conditions in the central and eastern Pacific remains heightened through the second quarter," said Rupa Kumar Kolli, climatological expert at the World Meteorological Organisation.
    Presenting the Geneva-based body's latest update on the ocean cycle, he said it was also possible, if less likely, that the present La Nina cycle could stretch into the third quarter.
    Longer-term statistics suggested that the decline of the La Nina would be followed by a "neutral" period at least for the second half of 2008, Kolli added, rather than a rapid transition to an El Nino.
    The two closely linked natural phenomena have probably occurred since before recorded history and are popularly blamed for unusual weather extremes, but specialists say they are not the sole cause.
    Kolli said the two, which follow each other with a neutral break in between, create favorable conditions for changing local and regional weather patterns around the globe to spark floods, droughts, hurricanes and freeze-ups.
    Meteorologists say the nearly month-long Chinese snow and ice-storms at the start of this year, which killed scores of people and cost the economy at least $7.5 billion, were partly caused by a cold surge from the north and west.
    El Nino -- "the Boy Child" in Spanish -- got its name because it generally starts in December, the month in which Christians who predominate in Latin America celebrate the birth of Christ. La Nina means "the Girl Child."
    Experts say it is not clear if the El Nino/La Nina cycle -- which occurs around once every five years -- is intensified by global warming, but they say it makes it more likely that climate changes caused by warming will bring disasters.
    In an El Nino, the sea surface heats up, leading to drier than normal weather over northern Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia and wetter conditions than usual over much of Latin America and in parts of the United States and Africa.
    In La Nina, these regional patterns are reversed.
    Both also contribute to abnormal temperature swings around the globe, especially during the December-April period when they are strongest, experts say. El Nino generally helps bring hotter weather than normal and La Nina leads to unusual cold.
    The last El Nino, whose intensity caused devastation along the western coast of North and South America in 1997-98, lasted for nearly 12 months, just slightly more than average.
    The La Nina which followed lasted nearly 2 years. The current one started in the third quarter of 2007.
    (Editing by Jonathan Lynn and Mark Trevelyan)
     
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