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Climate Information Digest
September 2002 Volume 5, Number 9

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

Hot Topics
  • In spite of improved August rainfall, dry conditions affect Indian agriculture
  • Drought relief possible for West Africa.
  • Food insecurity continues in southern Africa; forecast indicates little chance of relief
  • Drought continues in Central America.
  • Wet conditions likely to persist in southeastern South America.
  • El Niño/La Niña Update

    A moderate strength, basin-wide El Niņo continues to develop 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 Jun-Jul-Aug - regions with enhanced sensitivity due to stress from persistent climate patterns.
       Persistent Cold or Heat
       Persistent Wet or Dry

    August 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

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

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

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