‘Seasonally Suppressed Rainfall’ Continues Across Southern Africa
While parts of southern Africa received heavy seasonal rains, southeastern Africa is still experiencing “largely suppressed rainfall” (CPC). The compounded effects of poorly distributed seasonal rains since October, and the inadequate and erratic rainfall during January has exacerbated dryness across areas of Zimbabwe, southern Zambia, southern Malawi, Mozambique, and Madagascar.
The reduced rainfall and increased temperatures impacting crops and livestock in southern Africa have been attributed to El Niño, and (in December) the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned that reduced agricultural output “could acutely impact the food security situation in 2016” (FAO). As of January 28, reports indicate that planting in affected areas has been delayed due to persistent drought conditions (CPC).
Over the next week, improvement in rainfall is expected over many of the areas currently experiencing abnormal dryness—in fact, parts of Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique are forecast to receive above average weekly rainfall in excess of 3 inches (75 millimeters) (CPC). However, “seasonally suppressed rainfall” is expected for parts of Angola, Botswana, South Africa and Madagascar.
RVA Country Profile: Madagascar
This Week in Hazards:
- This week started out with the arrival of a “historic winter storm” in the United States, impacting states across the Mid-Atlantic and New England with severe weather, and blanketing eastern parts of the country with double-digit inches of snow (NOAA). The highest snow total was recorded in Glengary, West Virginia, where 42 inches of snow fell from January 22 to 24. The nor’easter (locally referred to as Jonas) also brought hurricane-force winds (gusts of 85 miles per hour were reported in Virginia), flooding, and storm surges (up to four feet) to some coastal areas (NASA EO).
- Over the last two weeks, severe weather has impacted Indonesia, leading to floods and landslides in areas of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi (ECHO). According to regional reports (as of January 24) more than 1,000 people have been evacuated due to flooding in South Sumatra and East Java, while 92 homes were damaged by flashfloods in Bali (ReliefWeb/AHA Centre).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Indonesia, Australia (Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia), Colombia, Scotland, England, United States (Southern)
Earthquake: United States (Alaska)
High Surf: United States (Hawaii)
Avalanche: Canada (British Columbia), United States (Alaska)
Drought: Bolivia, Micronesia, Puerto Rico (Eastern), United States (Western), Thailand (Northeast), Africa (Southern)
Biomedical: West Africa
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