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Dry conditions and delayed start of season over parts of Haiti

  • Seasonal Monitor
  • Haiti
  • May 15, 2015
Dry conditions and delayed start of season over parts of Haiti

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    Key Messages
    • Since late March, rainfall has been below-average and in some cases the start of season occurred only within the last two weeks (Figure 1). 

    • Parts of North-West, North-East, Grand’Anse, and Sud-Est Departments have seen little rainfall in the past few weeks, with fewer than five rain days during the past 30 days (Figure 2). Rainfall deficits potentially impacting cropping activities have become apparent in WRSI (Figures 3 and 4), which show moisture conditions unfavorable for crop growth.   

    • Short-term forecasts suggest that rainfall is expected to increase during the next week. 


       

    Figures Figure 1. Start of Season Anomaly, as of May 1-10, 2015.

    Figure 1

    Figure 1. Start of Season Anomaly, as of May 1-10, 2015.

    Source: FEWS NET/USGS

    Figure 2. Number of Rain Days, April 10-May 10, 2015

    Figure 2

    Figure 2. Number of Rain Days, April 10-May 10, 2015

    Source: FEWS NET/USGS

    Figure 3. Current Water Resources Satisfaction Index, May 1-10, 2015.

    Figure 3

    Figure 3. Current Water Resources Satisfaction Index, May 1-10, 2015.

    Source: FEWS NET/USGS

    Figure 4. Water Resources Satisfaction Index (WRSI) Anomaly, May 1-10, 2015.

    Figure 4

    Figure 4. Water Resources Satisfaction Index (WRSI) Anomaly, May 1-10, 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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