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Climate Information Digest
September 2003 Volume 6, Number 9

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

Hot Topics
  • Poor harvests in Tanzania due to drought; forecast indicates dryness may continue into next planting season

  • Abundant rainfall benefits crops and brings isolated flooding to Sahel

  • Heat wave in Europe impacts agriculture in southeast, forest fires in Portugal, health across continent
  • 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 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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