Today, the Disaster Advisory Committee (DAC) attended a briefing on the Tropical Cyclone Outlook for November 2023 – April 2024, where they received presentations on Tropical Cyclone Preparedness and Response Plans. The meeting was hosted by the Disaster Management Office and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
This comes 2 days after the Samoa Meteorological Services advised the public of an elevated risk for Samoa, with 2-3 named Tropical Cyclones expected to pass through the 400km radius of Samoa this tropical cyclone season. One of which may reach Category 3, or greater.
The Tropical Cyclone season extends from November to April, and the risk of Samoa during this period has been categorized as “Normal to Above Normal”
There were also predictions of below normal rainfall outlook in the upcoming season, high potential for drought-like conditions, and warmer than normal air temperatures over the next 6 months.