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Region’s worst dry spell in 30 years

By Gemma Q. Casas SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, August 13, 2010) РThe drought period in the Northern Marianas, which weather experts described as the worst in 30 years, and the rest of Micronesia is over as the region enters the La Ni̱a phase, according to the latest report of the Pacific El Ni̱o-Southern Oscillation Applications Climate Center.

The report said although drought conditions for any of the islands in Micronesia are no longer expected, the Marshall Islands, Saipan and Tinian should continue to conserve water until their drinking water sources are partially recharged.

"Drought conditions are no longer expected for the Mariana Islands. This recent drought…although shorter in duration than normal was one of the driest periods in the Mariana Islands in the last 30 years," part of the report stated.

The La Niña phase in the region began in late July or early August and will run throughout the year.

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