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Predictions show weather pattern forming

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 7, 2009) – Solomon Island citizens have been advised to begin scheduling their water usage, with the apparent development of a drought-bringing El Nino weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean.

The Climate Prediction Centre in the United States says the Pacific's El Nino pattern could develop within weeks.

And Australia's Bureau of Meteorology says if recent trends in Pacific climate patterns continue, there is a more than 50 percent chance an El Nino will be established by July.

The event causes drier weather in the western Pacific, drought in Australia and Indonesia, floods in Peru and Ecuador and disrupts India's monsoon.

Below normal

Solomons Broadcasting says that in the Solomon Islands, El Nino is always associated with below normal rainfall in the region.

The Meteorological Service in Solomon Islands has advised people who depend on rainwater to start planning their water usage.

Solomons Broadcsting says the statement follows recent trends in tropical Pacific climate patterns that are now indicating early stages of a developing El Nino.

The meteorological service says for the three months of May to July, rainfall for most of the Solomons' provinces is likely to be normal to below normal.


A warning of a 15 percent level of drought is now in place for Munda, Western Province.

The Meteorological Service says it will continue to monitor the situation.

El Nino is driven by an abnormal warming of the eastern Pacific.

The forecast is the latest warning of the increased chances of El Nino developing after months of rising ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific.

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