El Nino 2016 -- Philippines

In summary, climate change has been a hot topic in the Philippines lately due to the extreme heat being experienced. The Pacific Decadal Oscillation has been identified as a recurring pattern that affects ocean-atmosphere climate variability in the mid-latitude Pacific basin. This cycle has been observed for over a hundred years and has even been observed on other planets. Additionally, there are other climatic cycles, such as the Milankovitch cycle, that have a longer period and affect the input from the sun in polar regions over time. These cycles are expected to result in more frequent and intense weather extremes.
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I didn't expect that this year will be too hot here in the Philippines... D:

Welp... Here's an update :https://web.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/index.php/climate/climate-advisories [Broken]

Is climate change taking effect here? I guess so.

Will somebody care for an ice cream? lol
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El Niño has been around for over a hundred years, long before climate change was fashionable. It was first noticed by fisherman off the coast of
Peru when the waters would warm annually around late December near the birthday of The Child. Later, meteorologists noted a correlation between ocean warming and weather extremes due to oceanic-atmospheric interaction influencing the jet stream every 3 or 4 years resulting in weather extremes. Some scientists expect these extremes in both warm weather hurricanes and cold weather winter storms to increase in both intensity and frequency. I have no insight on this. But I sure coul use an ice cream, thanks!
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From wikipedia
The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is a robust, recurring pattern of ocean-atmosphere climate variability centered over the mid-latitude Pacific basin.

There is evidence that these kinds of cycles have existed in the far past: and there are climatic cycles that have very long periods like the Milankovitch cycle. These cycles have also been described for other planets - Example Mars:

Schorghofer, Norbert 2008. "Temperature response of Mars to Milankovitch cycles". Geophysical Research Letters 35 (18)

The idea here is that the axial tilt and the eccentricity of the a planet's orbit "conspire" to change input from the sun in polar regions over long period of time. The period of the Milankovitch cycle has some complex elements with a nice explanation:

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1. What is El Nino?

El Nino is a weather pattern characterized by warmer than normal ocean temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, which can have significant impacts on global weather patterns.

2. How does El Nino affect the Philippines?

In the Philippines, El Nino can cause droughts, decreased rainfall, and higher temperatures, which can lead to crop failures, water shortages, and increased risk of wildfires.

3. What caused the 2016 El Nino in the Philippines?

The 2016 El Nino was caused by a combination of warmer ocean temperatures and weakened trade winds in the Pacific Ocean, which disrupted normal weather patterns and led to drier conditions in the Philippines.

4. What are the potential impacts of the 2016 El Nino in the Philippines?

The 2016 El Nino could lead to decreased crop yields, water shortages, and increased risk of wildfires in the Philippines. It could also have impacts on fisheries, as warmer ocean temperatures can affect fish migration patterns.

5. How can the Philippines prepare for the impacts of El Nino?

The Philippines can prepare for the impacts of El Nino by implementing drought-resistant farming techniques, conserving water, and implementing measures to prevent and control wildfires. It is also important to monitor weather patterns and have emergency plans in place for potential disasters.

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