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Climate Information Digest
June 2005 Volume 8, Number 6

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

Hot Topics
  • Malnutrition and food insecurity on the rise in areas of the West African Sahel affected by the 2004 drought and locust outbreak

  • Millions of people in Eritrea and Djibouti facing food shortages after years of drought

  • Flooding and landslides caused by monsoon rains in southeastern China leave over 225 people dead
  • El Niño/La Niña Update
    Sea surface temperatures in the eastern and central equatorial Pacific, although slightly above average, currently indicate ENSO-neutral conditions. 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

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

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