MANILA, Philippines — The country has faced some of the strongest typhoons in history this year.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), this can also be associated with the prevailing episode of La Niña phenomenon, a weather condition where above normal rains are experienced in the country.
The onset of La Niña in the country started since mid of this year but the state weather agency announced it is likely to extend until next year.
If this happens, PAGASA said, the country will likely experience a ‘back-to-back’ La Niña where the phenomenon prevails for two consecutive years.
“Most models show further strengthening ng La Niña in November, December, January, and will likely to continue through March, April, and May 2021,” said Anna Solis, PAGASA’s chief of Climate Monitoring and Prediction Section.
“So kung ito ang ipa-follow natin, during the past 15 years baka magkaroon ng ‘back-to-back’ La Niña,” Solis said.
Based on PAGASA’s data, six episodes of ‘back-to-back’ La Niña have been recorded in the country since 2017, the worst one was in 2010 to 2011. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)