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Climate Information Digest
August 2006 Volume 9, Number 8

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

Hot Topics
  • Heavy rainfall causes flooding on Korean Peninsula and Japan

  • Record-breaking heat affects much of the United States and Europe

  • El Niño/La Niña Update
    Neutral conditions exist in the tropical Pacific. Based on the latest observations and forecasts, the probability of neutral conditions continuing through the August-September-October 2006 season is approximately 60%. See the IRI ENSO QuickLook for summary information and the IRI ENSO Update for details.

    NOTICE: Due to resource constraints, the IRI will cease publication of the Climate Information Digest with the September 2006 issue. Many of the products included in the CID, including the Seasonal Forecasts, ENSO products and updated climate maps, will still be available elsewhere on the IRI web site (see links below). Your questions and comments are welcome and can be sent to

    IRI Seasonal Forecast:
    IRI ENSO products:
    Climate Maps from IRI Map Room:
    Predictions in Context Maps:

    Special Summaries for May-Jun-Jul - regions with enhanced sensitivity due to stress from persistent climate patterns.
       Persistent Cold or Heat
       Persistent Wet or Dry

    July 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

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

    September-October-November 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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