Be Prepared, 2018 Will Be The Wettest In History
If you want a prophecy about what next year will look like, you may not need a crystal ball.
One of the areas you may need to check for is how your going out and coming in will be, and rain is one thing that can affect that part of your hustle in 2018.
Here is a forecast that will help you stay calm when the rains exceed your expectation.
You may not only need to buy an umbrella but also avoid flood-prone areas because the weather for next year is going to be historic.
Nigerian Meteorological Agency [NiMet] says current indices it is monitoring shows that there is 60% chance that year 2018 will be one of the wettest in history as we approach a La-NIna phase of the ENSO.
What is La-Nina? You will ask.
"It is nothing to worry about if we think this isolated event has come to change the norm a great way. What we should consider is the direction this unusual weather event is pointing us when it comes to climatic variability
#ClimateWednesday," the agency wrote.
Now, here is what La-Nina means.
La Nina and El Nino are opposite phases of what is known as the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle.
The ENSO cycle is a scientific term that describes the fluctuations in temperature between the ocean and atmosphere in the east-central Equatorial Pacific (approximately between the International Date Line and 120 degrees West).
La Nina is sometimes referred to as the cold phase of ENSO and El Nino as the warm phase of ENSO.
These deviations from normal surface temperatures can have large-scale impacts not only on ocean processes, but also on global weather and climate.
El Nino and La Nina episodes typically last 9 to 12 months, but some prolonged events may last for years.
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They have irregular frequency, but El Nino and La Nina events occur on average every two to seven years. Typically, El Nino occurs more frequently than La Nina.
The effect of climate change has continued to increase each passing year and human activities have been identified as the major cause of this increase.
2018 is therefore looking like a year that flood will happen except Nigerians take the responsibility of ensuring that wastes are disposed properly.