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Climate Information Digest
April 2005 Volume 8, Number 4

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

Hot Topics
  • Severe damage to the maize crop in sections of Zambia and Zimbabwe caused by dry conditions at key points in the growing season

  • Agriculture throughout Southeast Asia affected by drought during the past year

  • Corn and soybean crops damaged by drought in southern Brazil; Forecast indicates that the dry conditions may continue
  • El Niño/La Niña Update
    Sea surface temperatures in the eastern and central equatorial Pacific are currently near normal or ENSO-neutral, although they remain above average throughout much of the equatorial Pacific. 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

    Predictions in Context - provide a climate perspective by displaying a combination of observed and predicted precipitation.

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