Islamabad: The Director of National Weather Forecasting Centre, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Dr. Muhammad Hanif briefed officials of National Disaster management Authority (NDMA) and gave a presentation on Climate of Pakistan, Monsoon Weather Systems, their predictions, Challenges, Lessons Learned and Floods 2010. The meeting was attended by Chairman NDMA, Dr. Zafar Qadir.
Dr. Muhammad Hanif informed that Pakistan is historically prone to extreme weather events and more than 70% of these events are associated with Monsoon season. He informed that the probability of heavy rainfall leading to Flash Floods/Floods would be higher in western rivers catchment areas rather than the eastern rivers. Dr. Hanif said that Tibetan High shift to North West enhanced Monsoon rainfall over North Western Pakistan. Talking about Floods 2010, he said that the displacement of Sub-Tropical Highs due to current ENSO Cycle (IL Nino- La-Nina Episode) caused extreme rainfall over the North West Pakistan during Monsoon season 2010. He also apprised the session about the Weather Forecasting System of Pakistan Meteorological Department.
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