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Climate Information Digest
July 2002 Volume 5, Number 7

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

Hot Topics
  • Famine continues to threaten Southern Africa.
  • Severe flooding and landslides in northwestern and central China.
  • Heavy monsoon rains in western India; late season may be drier.
  • Dry outlook for the maritime continent.
  • Wet conditions likely to return to southeastern South America.
  • Conditions favorable for extreme fire activity in the western US expected to continue through August.
  • El Niño/La Niña Update

    In June, a basin-wide warm anomaly continued to develop in the tropical Pacific. Conditions remain favorable for further development of El Niņo conditions: see the IRI ENSO QuickLook for additional information and IRI ENSO Update for details.

    Special Summaries for Apr-May-Jun - regions with enhanced sensitivity due to stress from persistent climate patterns.
       Persistent Cold or Heat
       Persistent Wet or Dry

    June 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

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

    August-September-October Seasonal Forecast - IRI's Net Assessment Forecast for the globe and by region

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