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Global Weather Hazards Summary: August 17 - 23, 2018

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Flooding recorded in the Sahel, while dryness strengthens in Ethiopia

  1. The forecast for abovenormal rains during the outlook period is likely to cause flooding in Mali, Burkina Faso, and western Niger.

  2. Several weeks of above-average rainfall has damaged infrastructure and caused fatalities in Sudan. Continuing rainfall may trigger additional floods through mid-August.

  3. Poorly distributed rainfall since June has resulted in significant moisture deficits and deteriorated ground conditions across parts of western Uganda, northeastern DRC, and southern South Sudan.

  4. Rainfall deficits are increasing across parts of Ethiopia. The SNNPR, central Oromia, and northern Somali States show signs of moisture stress and degraded ground conditions.

  5. Several weeks delay to the start of rains in western Senegal has led to abnormal dryness