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Global Weather Hazards Summary: May 22 - 28, 2015

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Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.

  2. Torrential rainfall triggered flooding near Lake Victoria in Western Kenya and Nairobi. Above-average rainfall is forecast in the region during the next week.

  3. Untimely rains and prolonged dry spells have resulted in crop failure in unimodal areas in the Dodoma, Singida,
    Shinyanga, Tabora, and Kigoma Regions of central Tanzania.

  4. Late-season moisture deficits associated with an early end of the Southern Africa monsoon has negatively affected cropping conditions for parts of northern Malawi and northern Mozambique.

  5. Poorly distributed rainfall and extended dry spells since January have led to large rainfall deficits and below-average vegetation cover in southern Angola and northern Namibia.

  6. Since late December, below-average and poorly distributed rainfall has led to abnormal dryness across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.