Global Weather Hazards Summary: May 5 - 11, 2017

from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 05 May 2017

Despite recent rainfall, seasonal rain remains below-average across much of East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall accumulations since late February have resulted in significant moisture deficits, which have already negatively impacted agricultural and pastoral activities in many parts of southern South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and northern Tanzania.

  2. Inconsistent rainfall since late December have led to moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions across many parts of western Angola.

  3. Despite an increase in rainfall following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Enawo during early March, significant moisture deficits remain throughout central and eastern Madagascar.

  4. The onset of heavy rains during the last week resulted in localized flooding in parts of Kenya. Although precipitation is forecast to be lower this week, continued moderate to locally heavy rains may trigger additional floods.

Central America and the Caribbean Weather Hazards

  1. Since March, below-average rainfall has resulted in unseasonable dryness, signaling a delay in Primera rainfall. Degraded ground conditions have been reported across several departments in Guatemala, El Salvador, and western Honduras.

  2. An observed increase in locust numbers in the Jutiapa, Chiquimula, and Zacapa departments of eastern Guatemala elevates risk of adverse effects on cropping activities