Global Weather Hazards Summary: October 3 - 9, 2014
Above-average rains continue in Central America, dryness remains in several parts of East and West Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops in the Arsi and West Arsi zones of central Ethiopia.
An early end of Mar-May seasonal rainfall and an abnormally dry July have inhibited crop and pasture development in central and northern Ethiopia.
Despite a return of seasonally normal rainfall during August, moisture deficits persist in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has resulted in poor growing conditions and crop development.
Poor July rains in several local areas of Mali have resulted in poor crop and pastoral conditions.
Poor rainfall since mid-August has led to late-season moisture deficits, increasing the likelihood for adverse ground impacts throughout many parts of western and southern Niger, eastern Mali, and northern Nigeria. Below average rains are forecast in the region for the next week.
Well above-average precipitation forecast over arid areas of northern Somalia are likely to trigger localized flooding.
Since the beginning of September, poor rains have inhibited crop development and compromised planting activities throughout Rwanda.