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Climate Information Digest
October 2003 Volume 6, Number 10

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

Hot Topics
  • Heavy rains cause flooding in the Yellow River basin

  • Above-normal Sahelian rainfall benefits grain and cotton crops, but brings floods to northern Nigeria

  • Timor-Leste feels the effects of drought; forecast indicates continued dry across region
  • 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 Jul-Aug-Sep - regions with enhanced sensitivity due to stress from persistent climate patterns.
       Persistent Cold or Heat
       Persistent Wet or Dry

    September 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

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

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

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