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Climate Information Digest
May 2005 Volume 8, Number 5

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

Hot Topics
  • Seasonal flooding in Ethiopia and Somalia proves destructive; Forecast indicates wet conditions may continue

  • Rainy season in Southern Africa impacts maize harvest; Good harvest in South Africa to benefit drought-hit neighbors

  • Water resources and agriculture in Australia feeling impacts of drought; Forecast suggests dry conditions may continue
  • El Niño/La Niña Update
    Sea surface temperatures in the eastern and central equatorial Pacific are currently near-normal or ENSO-neutral, although they remain above-average throughout much of the equatorial Pacific. 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

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

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