Drought continues to threaten Horn of Africa

Ongoing drought and conflict in the Horn of Africa have left 14.4 million people in need of food assistance in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. Drought conditions in the region have led to crop failures, weakened agricultural sectors, water shortages, and widespread hunger requiring international assistance and humanitarian action. The region has a history of severe weather, drought, and famine … read more

Current monsoon season’s rainfall anomaly:

The above map shows the anomalous rain accumulation for the current season (northern hemisphere summer). You can also see animations of rainfall anomalies during previous seasons.

Data comes from the U.S. Climate Prediction Center’s Unified Gauge-based Analysis of Global Daily Precipitation. The above anomaly is accumulated from the start of the current summer season and computed relative to a daily climatology from 2006-2016.

Monsoons are:

  • continental-scale circulations that deliver water to billions of people
  • a seasonal reorganization of global atmospheric flow that is driven by the sun
  • dominant climate features in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the tropical Americas