…negative effects may be experienced late DecemberThe Hydrometerlogical Office of Guyana on Friday disclosed that less than usual rainfall can be expected over the next three months, owing to climatic conditions affecting the oceans.Specialist Meteorologist Komalchand DhiramThis was related during the fifth National Climate Outlook Forum (NCOF) at Herdmanston Lodge on Friday morning by a Specialist Meteorologist, Komalchand Dhiram.“The next three months is usually packed with the usual rainfall that we’d have what we call or some people call it the Christmas rain or end of the year rain but because of the existing El Nino that we have in the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean we will have a decrease in that amount,” he explained.Although persons can look forward to rain, the Specialist informed that it would not be the usual “Christmas rain”.According to him, negative effects are more than likely to affect large-scale farmers by late December to early January 2019. Because of the effects that are likely, the department said an advisory will be issued later.El Nino is a phenomenon which when present causes a warmth in the ocean that impacts the temperature of the water, which in turn affect the warmth in the atmosphere as well, which then affects the conditions necessary to produce rainfall, he pointed out.New webpageNonetheless, the Hydrometerelogical Office is currently working to develop its webpage to be able to provide updates on climate conditions as they become available.According to Dhiram, the upgrade to the webpage has become necessary with the advancing of technology across the region and world at large. It is the department’s hope to develop a web application (app) as the need may arise in the future.He explained, “We’ve been getting a lot of feedback from folks that it is important to have an app because that’s with the culture right now and that’s what society demands”.The meteorologist informed that the office is currently engaged with the Columbia University, International Research Institute for Climate and Science so that the web application can be developed.The new page, will be referred to as the ‘Maproom’, will allow users to click and access forecasts.The web page will play a vital role in updating the public on how much rain fall to expect during which period, as this too has an impact on tourist influx, he explained.When developed, the information to the general public will be free of cost, Dhiram added. The meteorologist said the Department hopes to have the web base up and running by mid-next year.The Maproom will be designed to include maps to depict where heavy rainfall is expected in the next six days, and how much rainfall is expected, along with where large or small amounts of rainfall are expected in the next three months, among others.Additionally, maps will also show rainfall patterns that can be expected for El Nino.
WHITTIER – A memorial service for Helen Lorraine “Tiny” Ayres, 83, a 30-year Whittier resident whose widely varied occupations took her from the Pentagon to the Los Angeles Public Defender’s office, will be held Saturday in Fullerton. The service will be at 11 a.m. at Fullerton’s First Evangelical Free Church, where she was a member. The church is located at 2801 N. Brea Blvd. Ayres died March 14 in Long Beach. She was born in Long Beach July 12, 1923 to George and Della Trout at Seaside Hospital. She was so small when she was born, her parents gave her a nickname of “Tiny,” which stuck with her for life. She graduated from Poly High School in Long Beach and went on to graduate from UCLA, where, as a result of her mastery of English, she was able to earn extra money by grading other students’ papers. After graduation from college, she worked in the Pentagon for 16 months. She returned home for the wedding of her sister and, while home, became the executive secretary to an admiral in Long Beach. After she and William Ayres were married in 1963, they settled in Whittier and she went to work in the office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Following her retirement, she became very active in the Whittier Republican Women’s Club and Fullerton Christian Women’s Club. She was also a volunteer at Whittier’s Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. Ayres is survived by her husband; sister, Dorothy Bloomquist, four nieces, her nephew and her two beloved cats. The cats have been adopted by two of her nieces. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!