Global Weather Hazards Summary: December 22 - 29, 2016

from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 23 Dec 2016 View Original

The October-December rainfall season has performed poorly in East Africa

  1. Locust outbreak has continued in western Mauritania. Breeding has extended to southern Western Sahara, where limited control operations are in progress, according to the FAO.

  2. Poor early season rainfall has resulted in increasing moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout portions of Angola, southern DRC, and northern Zambia.

  3. Despite some increase in rainfall over the Greater Horn of Africa during late November, poor and erratic rain since late September has resulted in drought and impacted crops across southern Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and coastal Kenya.

  4. Locust outbreak has subsided in northeastern Sudan. However, small scale breeding could increase locust numbers during December, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  5. Insufficient rain during November has led to large moisture deficits and abnormal dryness, which have negatively affected cropping activities over parts of the Eastern Cape and Free State provinces of South Africa.

  6. The risks for flooding are high in southern Zambia, Zimbabwe, and central Mozambique as heavy downpours are expected to continue during the next outlook period.

  7. Below-average rain over the past six weeks has strengthened rainfall deficits and resulted in abnormal dryness across Tanzania and parts of northern Mozambique.