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February 2006 Volume 9, Number 2

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

Hot Topics
  • Food security in East Africa continues to deteriorate following the failure of the short rains

  • Cold wave brings near-record low temperatures to Russia and Eastern Europe and severe winter weather to Central and South Asia and Japan

  • El Niño/La Niña Update
    La Niņa conditions have developed. As of mid-February sea surface temperatures are more than 0.5°C below average across much of the central equatorial Pacific. The probability of La Niņa conditions continuing through the Feb-Apr 2006 season is 65 percent. 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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