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Rainfall forecast for the 2015/16 agricultural season, issue #4

  • Seasonal Monitor
  • Southern Africa
  • January 18, 2016
Rainfall forecast for the 2015/16 agricultural season, issue #4

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  • Key Messages
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    SADC
    Key Messages
    • October to December 2015 was the driest in at least 35 years in several southern parts of the region.

    • Large decreases in planted area are expected in some areas, as the planting window period comes to a close. 

    • Vegetation conditions improved in some central parts of the region, though conditions remained very poor in many southern areas.

    • In December, above normal rainfall was received in some western parts of the region, helping to reduce the overall rainfall deficits in those areas.

    • Seasonal forecasts are suggesting higher than usual chances that below normal rains will continue in the southern Africa. 

    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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