Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook For USAID / FEWS-NET June 6 – June 12, 2013
An insufficient rain since the start of the season has resulted in abnormal dryness across parts of northern Nigeria.
1) Despite an increase in rainfall since mid-April, the delayed onset or seasonal rainfall has led to unfavorable ground conditions for the northeastern Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia. The erratic nature of the seasonal rains has negatively impacted cropping activities, likely resulting in below-average crop yields.
2) Since the beginning of May, an intermittent but insufficient rain has increased rainfall deficits over parts of north central Nigeria. Rainfall forecast during the next week indicate light to locally moderate showers, possibly worsening ground conditions.