Drought risk expands further in Region 1, CAR, NIR

Drought risk expands further in Region 1, CAR, NIR

MANILA — Soil across Region I (Ilocos), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Negros Island Region (NIR) may further dry up during the 10-day period ending Sunday (March 20) this year.

Latest data indicate such possibility as State-run Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) expects rainfall in those regions to range from zero to 25 mm only during the period.

The regions will likely average a mere zero to three days of rain 0.1 mm or more, PAGASA continued.

PAGASA forecast such ranges, which are the lowest among regions then, expecting generally fair weather to prevail in the country “apart from isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.”

“A strong El Nino condition is currently on-going in eastern and central equatorial Pacific,” PAGASA also said, citing the natural phenomenon that’s causing rainfall shortage, drought and dry spell nationwide.

Across Region I, PAGASA said flue-curing of tobacco leaves is on-going while irrigated rice and corn are in flowering and maturing stages.

In CAR, PAGASA said on-going agricultural activities are harvesting of crops and drip irrigation in areas planted to strawberry and other cash crops.

Farmers in NIR are harvesting vegetables while irrigated rice and corn there are in the flowering and maturing stages, PAGASA continued.

Forecast rainfall range in Region 1, CAR and NIR for the 10-day period is what PAGASA also expects in Region VI (Western Visayas) where soil is likewise parched already and can dry up further.

However, PAGASA forecast Region 6 to likely have a higher average one to four rainy days then.

PAGASA data for the 10-day reference period further show soil is also already dry across regions 4-B, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12 as well as Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and National Capital Region (NCR).

The agency forecast higher rainfall ranges of zero to 50 mm in regions 4-B, 7 and 10, zero to 75 mm in regions 11 and 12 as well as NCR, zero to 145 mm in Region 9 and zero to 150 mm in ARMM, however.

Average number of rainy days there can range from zero to three days in Region 4-B, one to four days in Regions 12, two to four days in regions 7 and 10, two to five days in Region 8 as well as two to six days in Region 9, Region 11 and ARMM.

Soil in other regions of the country is a combination of either wet and dry, moist and dry or wet, moist and dry conditions at present, noted PAGASA.

According to PAGASA, weather systems that’ll affect the country during the 10-day period are the northeast monsoon, easterlies and ridge of the North Pacific high-pressure area.

“The northeast monsoon will continue to bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over extreme northern Luzon,” PAGASA said, describing possible conditions during the reference period’s early part. PNA / northboundasia.com