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Climate Information Digest
December 2003 Volume 6, Number 12

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

Hot Topics
  • Heavy rainfall and flash flooding in North Sumatra

  • Months of above-average rainfall affect the cotton crop in the Yellow River basin

  • Dry conditions and increasing hunger in Tanzania and Rwanda
  • El Niño/La Niña Update

    Although chances of El Niņo are slightly above their average, it is most likely that near-neutral conditions will continue through the remainder of 2003 and into the first half of 2004. See the IRI ENSO QuickLook for summary information and the IRI ENSO Update for details.

    Special Summaries for Sep-Oct-Nov - regions with enhanced sensitivity due to stress from persistent climate patterns.
       Persistent Cold or Heat
       Persistent Wet or Dry

    November 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

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

    January-February-March Seasonal Forecast - IRI's Net Assessment Forecast for the globe and by region

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