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Climate Information Digest
September 2004 Volume 7, Number 9

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

Hot Topics
  • Situation for drought-affected people in Somalia worsens; Forecast indicates next rainy season may also be dry

  • Drought-related food and water shortages spread in Afghanistan and Pakistan

  • El Niño/La Niña Update

    Overall conditions in the tropical Pacific are currently indicative of a weak El Niņo and it is at least 60 percent likely that these conditions will prevail through early 2005. 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

    Predictions in Context - provide a climate perspective by displaying a combination of observed and predicted precipitation.

    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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