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Climate Information Digest
January 2005 Volume 8, Number 1

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

Hot Topics
  • Drought and locusts contribute to poor pasture and harvest in Niger

  • Northeast monsoon brings flooding to northeastern Sri Lanka; Forecast indicates that drier conditions may be ahead

  • Northern Colombia submerged by seasonal flooding
  • El Niño/La Niña Update
    Sea surface temperatures typical of a weak El Niņo are expected to persist through the first quarter of 2005 in the tropical Pacific. 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

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

    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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