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Climate Information Digest
March 2005 Volume 8, Number 3

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

Hot Topics
  • Food security emergency in southern Kenya; Forecast not optimistic for the end of the current rainy season

  • Heavy rain and snow cause severe losses in Pakistan and India

  • Flooding and landslides continue in Colombia and Venezuela; Forecast indicates that rainy season may be above average
  • El Niño/La Niña Update
    Sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific have returned to near normal levels. Neutral conditions are expected to continue for the upcoming season. See the IRI ENSO QuickLook for summary information and the IRI ENSO Update for details.

    Special Summaries for Dec-Jan-Feb - regions with enhanced sensitivity due to stress from persistent climate patterns.
       Persistent Cold or Heat
       Persistent Wet or Dry

    February 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

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

    April-May-June 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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