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Climate Information Digest
June 2004 Volume 7, Number 6

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

Hot Topics
  • Disastrous flooding in the midst of drought in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

  • Summary of crop losses caused by heavy rains and flooding in the early months of 2004 in the Zambezi River basin

  • Persistent drought causing food shortages in eastern Kenya
  • 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. See the IRI ENSO QuickLook for summary information and 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

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