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Climate Information Digest
January 2004 Volume 7, Number 1

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

Hot Topics
  • Poor start to rainy season in Southern Africa stresses agriculture and food security; Forecast for remainder of season may be cause for concern locally

  • Abundant rainfall brings flooding and landslides to the Maritime Continent
  • 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 first half of 2004. See the IRI ENSO QuickLook for summary information and the IRI ENSO Update for details.

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

    December 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

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

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

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