Global Weather Hazards Summary: December 29, 2016 - January 4, 2017
Africa Weather Hazards
Locust outbreak has continued in western Mauritania. Breeding has extended to southern Western Sahara, where limited control operations are in progress, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.
Despite some increase in rainfall during late November, poor and erratic rain since late September has resulted in droughts, which have negatively impacted crops and water availability in southern Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and eastern Kenya.
Locust outbreak has subsided in northeastern Sudan.
However, small scale breeding could increase locust numbers during December, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.
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, KwaZulu-Natal, and Free State provinces of South Africa.
Below-average rain over the past six weeks has strengthened rainfall deficits and resulted in an abnormal dryness over Tanzania, northern Malawi, and northern Mozambique.
Deficient rain since late November has strengthened rainfall deficits, resulting in abnormal dryness in eastern Madagascar.