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Climate Information Digest
November 2003 Volume 6, Number 11

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

Hot Topics
  • Seasonal rains cause flooding in Vietnam and Thailand; Upcoming season may be drier than normal

  • Late onset of short rains in southern Greater Horn; Forecast indicates that below-normal precipitation may continue through rainy season

  • Active tropical season causes damage across Mexico

  • Long-term drought was factor in devastating forest fires in southwestern United States
  • El Niño/La Niña Update

    Near-neutral conditions are likely to continue for the remainder of 2003 and the early months of 2004. See the IRI ENSO QuickLook for summary information and the IRI ENSO Update for details.

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    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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