Heavy rain and intense storms predicted for Samoa

Flooding in central Apia last year

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA: TUESDAY 06 NOVEMBER 2012: Samoa would be facing more extreme rainfalls that will occur more often and more intense cyclones in the future.

This was gloomy prediction for Samoa contained in the latest report of the Pacific Climate Change Science Programme (PCCSP) that was launched last Friday as part of the Environment Week.

The report highlighted the differences in the average rainfall predicted for the end of the year compared to the past months.

According to an officer of the Meteorology office, the changes is due to the” increase of the annual maximum and minimum of temperature since 1950.”

“In Apia, the maximum temperatures have increased at a rate of  0.22’C per decade,” reports PCCSP.

These changes in temperatures are said to be consistent with the global pattern of warming. Despite the unchanged  pattern of rainfall in the Apia area, “there has been a substantial variation in rainfall from year to year,” according to the report.

PCCSP further predicts that there will be a continuous temperature increase which will cause the “annual average air temperature and sea surface temperature to increase in the future for Samoa.”

These changes in air temperature will create more hot days, changes in rain patterns and intense tropical cyclones.
Despite the prediction that there would be a decrease in the number of cyclones heading our way, it is also predicted that there would be an “increase in the proportion of more intense storms” for Samoa by the end of the 21st century.

There is no warning on any cyclone threatening the Samoan groups of islands at the moment, however, the same advise is for the country  to be prepared for the unexpected.

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