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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-06 - 2015-2016 Season.pdf

      Date Signed: 2016-02-19

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      The regional drought associated with the El Niño eased slightly in January, but re-strengthened through to mid-February. In January, rainfall improved in southern parts of the region including much of South Africa, Lesotho and southern Zimbabwe, but was still generally below normal in many areas (Figure 1a). Many central areas also received slightly below normal January rainfall including parts of Zimbabwe, southern and eastern Zambia, southern half of Malawi, southern and central Mozambique, and much of Botswana. Some areas received well below average rainfall during the month, including southern Madagascar, parts of southern Mozambique, parts of southern Zimbabwe, north-western Namibia, south-western Angola and northern DRC. In Tanzania and northern Mozambique, well-above normal rainfall was received, over twice the normal amount in many areas. This resulted in some areas experiencing flooding. Western South Africa, southern Namibia, southern DRC and some parts of Angola also received above-normal rainfall.

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    • Climate Outlook Update for February to April (FMA) 2016

      Date Signed: 2016-02-10

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters


      The Southern African region is facing the common El Nino impact of the extended periods of below normal rains in most of contiguous SADC region and warmer than average normal temperature during the period. This has also at times led to health threatening heat waves, according to media reports; and decimation of crops. Significant wetter-than-normal conditions occurred over the Island States and north-eastern and south-western parts of continental SADC. The current El Niño will continue to have significant regional climatic impacts. Thus abnormal patterns of temperature and precipitation patterns should persist across the southern African region during the upcoming months.

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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-04 - 2015-2016 Season.pdf

      Date Signed: 2015-12-21

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      The slow start of the rainfall season continued in the southern half of the region during the first half of December. In particular, southern Malawi, central Mozambique, eastern Zambia and north-eastern Zimbabwe received well below normal rainfall, as well as Lesotho, central/western South Africa and southern Botswana (brown colours, Figure 1). The low rainfall in the first half of December is compounded by below normal rainfall that has generally characterized the rainfall season since October in the southern parts of the region.

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