11 Feb '15, 3pm

So far in 2014-2015, the monsoon in southeastern Africa has been anything but normal...

So far in 2014-2015, the monsoon in southeastern Africa has been anything but normal...

In southern Africa, the annual rainy season begins around November and is over with by March or April. People depend on the monsoons to bring enough rain to sustain agricultural activities and adequate pasture conditions during the subsequent dry months. If the monsoon starts late, or is too heavy or dry, millions of people can suffer. So far in the 2014-2015 southern African monsoon in southeastern Africa, rains have been anything but normal. When rains were supposed to begin in November, they didn’t, which lead to growing rainfall deficits, poor ground conditions, and fears of drought reducing crop yields. Percent of normal rainfall for southern Africa from November 1–December 14, 2014. Map by NOAA Climate.gov based on CPC’s African Rainfall Climatology (ARC) dataset, which uses satellite and rain-gauge input. ARC’s historical record dates back to 1983. The epicenter for...

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