Tropical storm Zeta affecting Guyana weather pattern - Chief Hydrometeorological Officer

By Government Information Agency, Wed, 4 Jan 2006, 16:00

Georgetown, Guyana (GINA) January 4, 2006 - Sub-tropical storm Zeta which was ‘tipping’ towards the north easterly coast of South America has shown signs of de-precipitation, and it is likely that there will be some changes in the weather pattern according to Chief Hydrometeorological Officer Dilip Jaigopaul. “This does not mean that we would not have intense rainfall since we are in the rainy season,” Jaigopaul said in an invited comment today.

Since Saturday last, Zeta has been showing influences in Guyana’s weather system, and according to Jaigopaul, the storm has also contributed to an intensification of the Inter-Tropical Conversion Zone (ITCZ).

He noted that during the floods in 2005, the Hydrometeorological Office saw a westerly wind at 700 millibar or 10,000 feet which is ‘anominal’ but this is not the case at present.

Due to heavy and incessant rainfall in January last year, Guyana experienced it’s worst natural disaster, flooding, resulting in Regions Three, Four and Five declared disaster areas.

High intensity rainfall started in December, sometimes ranging up to three times the normal rainfall. The current rainy season began in November.

Source: http://www.gina.gov.gy/archive/daily/b060104.html#4

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