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Global Weather Hazards Summary: September 2 - 8, 2016

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Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Persistent, above average rainfall since July has led to excessively rainfall surpluses and floods that have damaged infrastructure, displaced populations, and caused fatalities in parts of Sudan, South Sudan, and Ethiopia.
  2. Below-average seasonal rainfall and persistent moisture deficits in the region have negatively impacted developing crops across parts of eastern Oromia and SNNPR in Ethiopia.
  3. There is a potential for increased number of locusts migrating from the Arabian Peninsula which may negatively impact cropping activities.
  4. Low and poorly distributed seasonal rainfall across parts of central Senegal have led to strengthening moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions.
  5. Heavy and frequent rain over the past several weeks has led to substantial rainfall surpluses and flooding along the Niger and Benue Rivers in Nigeria. Enhanced rainfall is forecast across much of West Africa during the next seven days, sustaining the risk for flooding into early September.

Central America and the Caribbean Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall over the past several weeks has led to growing rainfall deficits and abnormal dryness throughout much of Haiti and neighboring western Dominican Republic. Only light to locally moderate rain is forecast over Hispaniola during the next week, which could worsen the situation on the ground.
  2. Poorly-distributed Primera (May-August) seasonal rainfall has led to moderate to large moisture deficits and stressed crops across portions of east-central Honduras, central Nicaragua, and the Pacific North region of Costa Rica. Heavy rain is forecast along the Pacific Basin of Central America during the next week, which should help alleviate dryness and help cropping activities for the upcoming growing cycle.
  3. Abundant rain during the past week triggered flooding over local areas of Choluteca, Tegucigalpa, and El Paraiso department of southeastern Honduras. Heavy rain is forecast to continue during the next week, increasing risks for flooding and landslides.