Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook August 28 – September 3, 2014

from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Published on 27 Aug 2014
  • Above-average rains observed over the Sahel during the past week.
  • Slightly reduced rains recorded in Sudan during the past observation period.

1) Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi zones in central Oromia of central Ethiopia.

2) Despite an increase in rainfall over the past few weeks, moisture deficits have persisted in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season since July has already resulted in deteriorated conditions and affected crops on the ground.

3) Heavy rains during the past few weeks have destroyed shelters, flooded producing areas, and affected several people over many parts of the Darfur regions of Sudan. With moderate to heavy rains forecast during the next week, additional flooding is likely.

4) Heavy downpours during the past few weeks have caused flooding, infrastructure damages, injuries, and displaced people across the Khartoum, River Nile, and Al Gazeira states of Sudan. Potential for flooding remains high as heavy rains are forecast to continue over upstream Ethiopian highland.