The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office issued a drought information statement, advising very dry weather is developing across many parts of Micronesia.
NWS advise during the last several weeks the northern Marshall Islands north of Majuro have received much less than normal rainfall. Dry conditions are expected to continue across the northern Marshall Islands for the next several weeks. Using computer model guidance, NWS advise drier than normal weather will continue across much of the Micronesia including the Marshall Islands, the Mariana Islands and northern and western parks of Chuuk state.
For the CNMI, rainfall has diminished over the commonwealth since January. Saipan, Tinian, Rota, and the far Northern Mariana Islands will experience drought impacts during the coming weeks.
While Guam is expected to receive little better rainfall than other Mariana Islands, it is expected to become dry and will continue to be monitored carefully.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) advise the community to stay up to date for any changes or updates to NWS advisories. Watch for possible impacts to water resources and increased fire danger or severe wildfire season. Practice extreme caution in the coming weeks as any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
A high risk of rip currents remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Saturday afternoon. Surf of 8 to 10 feet along east facing reefs is expected. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. If caught in a rip current, yell for help. Remain calm and stay afloat while waiting for help. If swimming out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Rip currents will be life threatening.
Visit the following links for the latest information:
- NWS Website: https://www.weather.gov/gum/
- NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
- GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
- GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.