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Climate Information Digest
April 2004 Volume 7, Number 4

A global Quick Look at seasonal climate, its impacts and outlooks.

Hot Topics
  • Populations displaced by continued flooding in the Zambezi River basin

  • Agriculture and water resources affected by drought in Cuba and Jamaica

  • Improved precipitation in last half of rainy season provides some benefit to crops in Southern Africa
  • El Niño/La Niña Update

    Near-neutral but slightly warmer-than-average conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean will likely prevail through the first half of 2004. See the IRI ENSO QuickLook for summary information and the IRI ENSO Update for details.

    Special Summaries for Jan-Feb-Mar - regions with enhanced sensitivity due to stress from persistent climate patterns.
       Persistent Cold or Heat
       Persistent Wet or Dry

    March Global Climate - summary of recent variations in temperature and precipitation. Note that all maps are linked to the IRI Data Library. For more maps and information see the IRI Maproom.
       Climatological Background
       Oceanic Conditions

    March Climate Impacts - influences of recent climate variations (with links to detailed reports) on:
       Water Resources/Energy

    May-June-July Seasonal Forecast - IRI's Net Assessment Forecast for the globe and by region

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