Global Weather Hazards Summary, June 6 - 12, 2014
Drought in East Africa, heavy rains in West Africa, with wetness and dryness in Latin America and the Caribbean
Africa Weather Hazards
Consistently low and infrequent seasonal precipitation across some bimodal rainfall areas of northern Tanzania, as well as western Kenya, northeastern Uganda, southeastern South Sudan, and the southern Rift Valley of Ethiopia have strengthened moisture deficits since late March. The poor rains have negatively impacted livestock, led to the replanting of crops, and reduced crop yields. Continued poor rainfall expected in June is likely to adversely impact crops and pastoral conditions in the region.
Sporadic rainfall during the past several months has led to rainfall deficits and dryness across the Hirraan, Galgaduud, and Mudug Regions of southern and central Somalia and the Somali Region of Ethiopia, which has led to water shortages. Light rains should provide some relief during the next week, though dryness will remain.
Poorly distributed rainfall since mid-April had led to a rapid deterioration of ground conditions throughout portions of southern Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and northwestern Tanzania. As seasonal rainfall is expected to decrease in June, sustained moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact cropping activities in the region.
Frequent and above-average rainfall since May has resulted in oversaturated conditions in many regions of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, southern Mali, and western Cote d’Ivoire. There is an increased chance for localized flooding as heavy downpours are forecast during the next week.