Chances are slim that an El Niño will develop in the next few months

According to the latest climate outlook model, chances are slimming that the El Niño will be revived in the next few months. At the middle of July, the ocean temperatures in the tropical part of the Pacific Ocean, indicated El Niño or La Niña in a neutral phase. Ocean temperatures…

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Dwindling chance of El Niño in second half of year

After scares of possible El Niño conditions returning in 2017, current outlooks predict neutral conditions for this spring. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology changed its El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) outlook to inactive, with the American Climate Prediction Centre doing the same. “ENSO-neutral is favoured (50 to 55% chance) through the…

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‘Harvesting now will damage maize’ Zambian Met warns farmers

Panic struck among farmers this week when rain hit large parts of Zambia. The Meteorological Department, however cautioned against harvesting as this would damage the maize crop. “Farmers must not rush to harvest and heap their maize in fields because of the rain we experienced, as this will result in…

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Sudden end to summer rainfall season in southern Africa

The drier conditions experienced over large parts of southern Africa mean the summer rainfall season is at its end. According to the American weather service – the Climate Prediction Centre (CPC) – an analysis of the cumulative rain over the past thirty days indicates widespread, moderate to large deficits throughout…

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