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Despite increases in September, rainfall remains below average over Haiti

  • Seasonal Monitor
  • Haiti
  • October 2, 2015
Despite increases in September, rainfall remains below average over Haiti

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    Key Messages
    • Rainfall during the second (Eté) season continues to be below average over Haiti, with deficits reaching 100-200 mm in parts of Grand’Anse, Sud, and Ouest Departments (Figure 1). Rainfall deficits have persisted in Haiti since April, with El Nino conditions likely to result in below-average rainfall through the rest of the year.

    • Improvements in rainfall in September have encourage some crop planting, although this likely remains below average. The late onset of rainfall in many areas is also likely to delay the agricultural calendar and result in later harvests than normal. Below-average rainfall has also resulted in reports of low groundwater for irrigated farming activities. 

    • Rainfall during the next week is expected to remain below average, with maximum accumulations reaching 20 mm (Figure 2). 


      

    Figures Figure 1. Seasonal Rainfall Accumulation Anomaly by pentad, August 1 – September 20, 2015.

    Figure 1

    Figure 1. Seasonal Rainfall Accumulation Anomaly by pentad, August 1 – September 20, 2015.

    Source: FEWS NET/USGS

    Figure 2.  Rainfall Forecast valid until October 8, 2015.

    Figure 2

    Figure 2. Rainfall Forecast valid until October 8, 2015.

    Source: FEWS NET/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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