Global Weather Hazards Summary: April 15 - 21, 2016

from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 15 Apr 2016 View Original

Increased rainfall forecast for dry areas in Guatemala and the Greater Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly suppressed and poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since October has negatively affected many countries in southern Africa. Exacerbated by a poor rainfall seasonal performance last year, several consecutive weeks of below-average rainfall has led to reduced water availability, permanently wilted crops, major reductions in planted areas, livestock deaths, and other adverse conditions over many areas. Since late February, enhanced rainfall has helped to mitigate both short-term and long-term moisture deficits over some areas.

  2. Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since late February has led to increasing moisture deficits over areas in central, southwestern, and eastern Ethiopia. Heavy rainfall is forecast across eastern and southern Ethiopia during the next week, which should help to reduce rainfall deficits.