Ideam, the Colombia’s Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies, explained that the drought felt in some parts of the nation does not mean the El Niño phenomenon has arrived.
Ideam director, Ricardo Lozano, said the institute cannot confirm whether El Niño is coming but only that there is a 50 percent chance it will make an appearance; if it does, however, it would be early next year.
“We are coming out of the first rainy season of the year, which began in mid March and ends in mid-June,” Lozano explained, “we don’t have seasons like countries to the North and South do, we are a tropical country, so we will always have rain. Whenever I am asked when summer is coming I say never because we don’t have seasons. What the country has is a rainier season and a less rainy season. Right now we are in the transition between the rainier season and the less rainy one that comes mid-year.”
For local authorities and experts, the phenomenon is nothing new for Colombia and “we have learned some lessons”, which should assist the agricultural sectors as well as the energy and water industries in preparing to deal with a period of less rain.