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Rainfall mostly below average during the last two weeks of March

  • Seasonal Monitor
  • Haiti
  • April 8, 2016
Rainfall mostly below average during the last two weeks of March

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Rainfall was irregularly distributed during the month of March, starting with above-average rainfall during the first 10 days, followed by below-average rainfall during the next two weeks. While the Printemps rainy season does not usually get underway until late March or early April, March cumulative rainfall was still below average across most of the country (Figure 1). Rainfall deficits were highest in focalized areas of in Nord-Ouest, Artibonite, and Centre Departments.

    • Dry conditions observed during March have the potential to affect crops already planted, or to delay some planting activities. Moreover, higher than normal temperatures could reduce soil moisture and further impact crops already planted. NDVI images show lower than normal vegetation levels in parts of Artibonite and Centre Departments.

    • The GFS Forecast indicates an increase in rainfall during the next week, compared to previous several weeks. Between 25 and 75 millimeters of cumulative rainfall are expected in much of Haiti, including the dry areas of Centre and Arbonite Departments.

      

    Figures Figure 1. CHIRPS Rainfall Anomaly, Percent-of-Normal March 1-31, 2016.

    Figure 1

    Figure 1. CHIRPS Rainfall Anomaly, Percent-of-Normal March 1-31, 2016.

    Source: USGS/FEWS NET

    Figure 2. GFS Rainfall Forecast, through April 15, 2016

    Figure 2

    Figure 2. GFS Rainfall Forecast, through April 15, 2016

    Source: NOAA

    FEWS NET’s Seasonal Monitor reports are produced for Central America and the Caribbean, West Africa, East Africa, Central Asia, and Somalia every 10-to-30 days during the region’s respective rainy season(s). Seasonal Monitors report updates on weather events (e.g., rainfall patterns) and associated impacts on ground conditions (e.g., cropping conditions, pasture and water availability), as well as the short-term rainfall forecast. Find more remote sensing information here.

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