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Climate Information Digest
November 2002 Volume 5, Number 11

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

Hot Topics
  • Good outlook for winter wet season in the Afghanistan region.
  • Rains in Africa's Greater Horn not enough for Ethiopia; forecast tends toward continued wetter than average conditions.
  • Dry conditions likely to persist in Southern Africa, where food insecurity already threatens a large population.
  • "Drought Corridor" continues in Central America.
  • El Niño/La Niña Update

    A moderate strength, basin-wide El Niņo has developed and will likely persist into early 2003. See the IRI ENSO QuickLook for summary information and the IRI ENSO Update for details.

    Special Summaries for Aug-Sep-Oct - regions with enhanced sensitivity due to stress from persistent climate patterns.
       Persistent Cold or Heat
       Persistent Wet or Dry

    October 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

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

    December-January-February Seasonal Forecast - IRI's Net Assessment Forecast for the globe and by region

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