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The MFEWS Central America Weather Hazards and Benefits Assessments For April 16 - 22, 2009

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During the last observation period, minimal amounts of precipitation were observed across Central America, with slightly higher totals (20- 40 mm) observed across the Gulf of Honduras and portions of Costa Rica and Panama. In Guatemala, satellite-derived rainfall estimates detected light rainfall totals throughout some of the higher-terrain departments, as well as near Lake Izabal, over the last seven days. Many of these areas have been experiencing below-average rainfall over the last 90 days. Forecast models suggest a slight increase in moisture and more seasonally
normal precipitation over Central America for the upcoming observation period. This is expected to provide addional ground moisture after an unusually dry Apante season for countries along the Pacific basin.

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