Ecuador: Officials predict moderate El Niño in 2016

Posted on December 2, 2015 • Filed under: Ecuador, Weather/Climate reported the odds are greater that there is a moderate El Niño phenomenon during the first quarter of 2016, according to the monitoring conducted by the National Committee for the Regional Study of El Niño (Erfen).

This was said Johnny Correa, deputy technical director of the Oceanographic Institute of the Navy (INOCAR) in a joint meeting with Cesar Navas, Coordinating Minister for Security and Luis Jaramillo, Secretary of Risk Management (SGR), on Monday in Guayaquil.

Correa said that until January 2016 above normal rains in the coastal region of the country is expected, while in the coastal profile of Manabi and Santa Elena precipitation would be below normal rates.

According to Navas, preventive work will continue because a moderate El Niño leads to a strong winter that can cause damages. “It’s going to be on any winter we’ve had, but not the 97 and 98”.

The anomalies continue to drop, that is, the chances of a strong El Niño phenomenon is less, Correa said, but noted that changes in the behavior of this phenomenon may be continuous, so that monitoring is constant. Read Article


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