Global Weather Hazards Summary: September 19 - 25, 2014

from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 19 Sep 2014 View Original

Above-average rainfall improves conditions across Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. 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 hurt the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

  2. Despite a return of seasonally normal rainfall during late August, moisture deficits persist in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has already hurt growing conditions and crop development.

  3. An early end of March-May seasonal rainfall and an abnormally dry July have slowed crop and pasture development in central and northern Ethiopia.

  4. Poor rainfall since the middle of 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.

  5. Several consecutive weeks of above-average rain has caused widespread flooding, displacing thousands of people and extensively damaging crops across many provinces of eastern Uganda.

  6. Poor July rains in several local areas of Mali have resulted in poor crop and pastoral conditions.