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Climate Information Digest
February 2005 Volume 8, Number 2

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

Hot Topics
  • Heavy rains and flooding affect 290,000 people in northern Guyana

  • Destructive winter storms bring record precipitation to the southwestern U.S.

  • Cold temperatures and very heavy snows in central and southwest Asia
  • El Niño/La Niña Update
    Sea surface temperatures in the central equatorial Pacific remain indicative of weak El Niņo conditions, although some of the expected associated atmospheric conditions have not materialized. See the IRI ENSO QuickLook for summary information and the IRI ENSO Update for details.

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

    January 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

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

    March-April-May 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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