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Climate Information Digest
July 2004 Volume 7, Number 7

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

Hot Topics
  • Poor first rainy season in African Great Lakes hurts crop production; Forecast indicates remaining rains may also be below-normal

  • Monsoon rainfall and flooding hits Bangladesh, Nepal, and India

  • Portions of Afghanistan experience resurgence of drought conditions

  • Floods and mudslides flow through eastern Nicaragua
  • El Niño/La Niña Update

    Near-neutral but slightly warmer-than-average conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean will likely prevail through the rest of 2004 and into early 2005. See the IRI ENSO QuickLook for summary information and the 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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