The weather phenomenon La Niña has returned to Colombia, and will bring higher than average rain until March 2012, according to various environmental institutes.
The effects will be felt December 2011 through March 2012 with higher than average rainfall being recorded mainly in the Caribbean, Pacific and Andean region.
This information derives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, both of the United States, international climate prediction models and the analyses of Colombia’s Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies, IDEAM.
The Director General of IDEAM, Ricardo Jose Lozano Picon, said special attention must continue to be paid and efforts must be doubled in the areas most at risk of floods and rapid river overflow.
IDEAM warned in previous months that the second rainy season would begin in the middle of September, which would be characterized by above average rainfall. This has also occurred in October, and according to the predictions will continue throughout November and December.