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Climate Information Digest
December 2004 Volume 7, Number 12

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

Hot Topics
  • Tropical cyclones hit northern Philippines; Forecast indicates overall dry conditions likely for upcoming season

  • Drought impacts agriculture and food security in El Chaco region of Bolivia

  • Dry conditions in southeastern China impact water resources
  • El Niño/La Niña Update

    Weak El Niņo conditions are likely to prevail through at least March 2005. 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

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

    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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