Vanuatu is expected to have two to three tropical cyclones (TC) during the 2016-2017 cyclone season, which starts November in 2016 to April next year.

The pacific region is forecast to experience 8 to 10.

The first one to pass through the region has already been named as ‘Amos’.

Vanuatu experiences a lot of cyclone activities every year.There is a high chance that during this season, Vanuatu will be experiencing category 3 cyclones.

The 2016 to 2017 TC outlook was launched yesterday by the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD).

Vanuatu is still experiencing lingering dry conditions associated with the impacts of El Niño that begun last year and remained until July this year.

Now that the El Niño event is over, VMGD has announced the establishment of a weak La Niña event that will last until 2017.

Currently, it is unlikely to experience rain and people should understand the months of July to September are still dry months therefore rainfall should return by December to January, said the Manager of the VMGD Climate Division, Philip Malsale.

During La Niña, there is a high possibility of elevated TC activities in the Coral Sea and these systems forming in this area normally move southeast towards Vanuatu, said VMGD. READ MORE


SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST