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Climate Information Digest
January 2006 Volume 9, Number 1

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

Hot Topics
  • Failed short rains in Greater Horn exacerbate food security situation

  • Wildfires in south-central United States blamed on severe drought conditions

  • Flooding hits Malawi and Mozambique; Forecast indicates more abnormally heavy rainfall may be on the way

  • El Niño/La Niña Update
    Cooler than average sea surface temperatures continue to develop in the eastern and central equatorial Pacific. Based on the latest observations and forecasts, the probability of a La Niņa event over the Jan-Mar 2006 season is 50%. 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

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

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