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Despite recent rainfall, large moisture deficits remain; rainfall likely to remain below average

  • Seasonal Monitor
  • Haiti
  • June 12, 2015
Despite recent rainfall, large moisture deficits remain; rainfall likely to remain below average

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Rainfall over Haiti improved during late May and the first week of June, and while concentrated over abnormally dry northeastern areas of the country, rainfall was generally below normal elsewhere. The continuation of the below-average rainfall has further increased 30-day moisture deficits and abnormal dryness across most areas. 

    • The Soil Water Index for June 6-10 (Figure 1) indicates moisture deficits remain over many areas of Haiti, particularly along the southern peninsula and in North-West Department. While moisture appears “satisfactory” for the five-day period in question in many areas, previous rainfall deficits and a forecasted continuation of below-average rainfall could result in worsening moisture conditions for crop growth.

    • The rainfall forecast (Figure 2) for the next eight days indicates rainfall from 20-50 mm, suggesting a continuation of below-average rainfall. Nevertheless the occurrence of a local climatic disturbance would increase the values of rainfall over the island. 

      

    Figures Figure 1. Soil Water Index, June 6-10, 2015

    Figure 1

    Figure 1. Soil Water Index, June 6-10, 2015

    Source: FEWS NET/USGS

    Figure 2. Rainfall forecast, valid until June 19, 2015

    Figure 2

    Figure 2. Rainfall forecast, valid until June 19, 2015

    Source: FEWS NET/USGS

    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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