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Climate Information Digest
December 2005 Volume 8, Number 12

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

Hot Topics
  • Rising malnutrition rates in southeastern Madagascar due partly to floods in early 2005 and recent dry conditions

  • Below normal precipitation during the 2004-05 rainy season has contributed to food security problems in Zimbabwe

  • El Niño/La Niña Update
    Sea surface temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific have become cooler than average, but remain neutral in terms of the ENSO condition. It is highly likely that neutral conditions will prevail over the Dec 2005-Feb 2006 season. 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

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

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