Global Weather Hazards Summary: March 13 - 19, 2015

Report
from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 13 Mar 2015 View Original

Abnormal dryness continues in much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia. Dry weather is expected to continue during the next week, which is likely to increase moisture deficits in the region.

  2. Despite recent increases in rainfall acros southern Tanzania, eastern and central parts of the country have received below-average rainfall, which has inhibited crop growth. The little to no rainfall forecast during the next week may worsen agricultural conditions.

  3. Frequent and above-average rainfall over the past several weeks has led to large moisture surpluses in northern Mozambique. During the next week, heavy rainfall is forecast to continue, which could trigger new flooding.

  4. Since late December, a sharp reduction in rainfall has led to mid-season dryness across southern Angola, western Zambia, northern Namibia, the Caprivi Strip, and Ghanzi and Ngamiland Districts in Botswana. Continued below average rainfall is expected during the next week.

  5. Extended dry spells since January have led to large rainfall deficits in northeastern Namibia. With the end of the rainy season approaching, recovery is unlikely.

  6. Poorly-distributed rainfall since January has resulted in abnormal dryness in southern Zimbabwe, southern Mozambique, northern South Africa, southeastern Botswana, and Free State, North West, and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces of South Africa.
    Conditions may improve as light to moderate rains are forecast during the next week.