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Climate Information Digest
May 2003 Volume 6, Number 5

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

Hot Topics
  • Rainy season brings flooding to parts of Greater Horn; forecast indicates possibility of continuing wet conditions
  • Namibia among areas in Southern Africa feeling the effects of drought
  • Excess rainfall and flooding continues in northern Argentina
  • El Niño/La Niña Update

    SSTs across the central and eastern tropical Pacific have continued to decrease and are currently below average. There is a possibility that La Niņa conditions may develop. See the IRI ENSO QuickLook for summary information and the IRI ENSO Update for details.

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

    April 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

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

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

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