Seasonal Monitor

Seasonal rainfall delayed over some parts of Haiti

April 20, 2015

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • An irregular start of the season has been observed across Haiti since middle of March. The season started 1-2 weeks late in parts of Grand-Anse, Sud, Sud-Est Ouest Departments. In Nord-Est Department, the season is up to 4 weeks late, and the season has not yet started at all in much of Artibonite (Figure 1). In some areas, this delay in rainfall has also delayed planting activities. However, the season has begun 2-3 weeks early in parts of Nord-Ouest, Ouest, and Sud-Est Departments

  • Over the past several weeks, rainfall has been slightly below normal across much of Haiti, with most deficits under 25 mm. The largest deficits (25-49 mm) are in Nord-Est and Grand-Anse Departments (Figure 2). Rainfall has been above average in parts of localized parts of Sud and Nord Departments. Near Port-au-Prince, flooding was reported in early to mid-March, associated with above-average rainfall (Figure 3).  

  • The forecast for the next two weeks indicates that rainfall will continue to be below average over much of Haiti, with maximum rainfall reaching 30 mm. 

About this Report

The seasonal monitor, produced by the FEWS NET USGS regional scientist and FEWS NET Regional Technical Manager, updates rainfall totals, the impact on production, and the short-term forecast. It is produced every 20 days during the production season. Find more remote sensing information here.

 

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 28 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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