Meteorology Division unsure if this month the wettest

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 25 February 2020, 10:00PM

The Samoa Meteorology Division is yet to finalise data on how much rainfall inundated the country over the past three weeks. 

However, they have estimated that this month has had more rainfall than in the same period last year. 

A spokesperson for the Meteorology Division, who is not authorized to speak to the media, was only able to confirm the 2019 February rainfall statistics.

“Afiamalu recorded the highest monthly total of 896.0mm followed by 817.6mm at Aopo and 704.0mm at Vaiaata, Savaii,” the spokesperson said.

February 2019 was the fourth wettest on record for Togitogiga (37/40) and Faleolo (55/58), while it was the fifth wettest for Tiavea (25/29).

The highest one-day fall was received at Afiamalu with 159.8mm on the February 25, 2019. 

“The highest Mean Sea Level (MSL) Pressure recorded at Apia on the 28th February 2019 with 1010.5Pa whilst 1004.0hPa on the fifth registered as the lowest pressure,” MET added.

The high pressure systems associate with good weather conditions whereas low pressure systems associate with bad weather conditions.

“From the season 2018-2019, there were 13 tropical depressions developed within the region, there was a TD01F, TD02F, TD03F, TD04F, TD05F, TD06F, TD07F, TD08F, TD09F, TD10F and TD11F,” the spokesperson  added.

For this year 2020 Samoa has experienced three Tropical Disturbance which is TD07F, TD08F, TD09F and TD10F which was a Tropical Depression that got upgraded to Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Wasi. 

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 25 February 2020, 10:00PM

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