IRI Home
Climate Information Digest
June 2002 Volume 5, Number 6

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

Hot Topics
  • Drought-exacerbated food emergency in Southern Africa continues: Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia face risk of a "humanitarian catastrophe".
  • Drought continues in northern Taiwan but is eased by late-month rains in central and southern provinces.
  • Drought brings water woes at US-Mexican border, may be exacerbated by hot summer.
  • Heaviest rains in a century flood central Chile.
  • El Niño/La Niña Update

    In May, very modest warm anomalies were observed in the tropical Pacific. Conditions remain favorable for development of El Nino conditions: see the IRI ENSO Update for details.

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

    May 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

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

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

    For automatic monthly notification: subscription and comments