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Contributed by YokweOnline on Jan 22, 2013 - 05:53 PM

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The U.S. National Weather Service issued Tuesday morning an unscheduled special weather statement for the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to help decision makers regarding possible drought conditions, especially in the northern atolls.

A drought information statement may become necessary in the coming weeks, according to the Guam Forecast Office.

  • Very dry conditions across the northern Marshall Islands are expected. Only isolated and light trade-wind showers are expected for islands to the north of Majuro. Satellite images and computer forecasts indicate that a few showers will move across parts of the Marshall Islands as this week progresses, but mainly for areas from near Majuro toward the south. This dry season is still likely to be much drier than normal, especially across the northern islands.
  • For northern atolls of the RMI, including Enewetak, Rongelap, and  Utirik along with other atolls north of Majuro, the computer models indicate very dry weather will persist. Expected rainfall amounts for the next 10 days range from less than a tenth of an inch to possibly a third of an inch at most.
  • For Majuro, some showers are likely by Thursday or Friday with the passage of a trade-wind disturbance, but weather will then become very dry again. Latest computer models indicate Majuro could receive one or two inches of rainfall through this coming Friday but very little rainfall is expected during the following days.For islands south of Majuro, a near-normal dry season rainfall is expected at this time.

Residents of the Marshall  Islands should continue to monitor the latest statements from local officials and the National Weather Service regarding dry weather, said the January 22 release.

-- Yokwe Online, January 22, 2013

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