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01 July 2011

Africa Update #36: Deficits continue from Sudan to Nigeria

While most of Africa has been seasonable, a belt stretching from Sudan to Nigeria has had poor rainfall, especially in some of the marginal and pastoral areas. Further to the west and east, rainfall has been near normal, to slightly above normal. Meanwhile along the Mediterranean Sea, light to moderate precipitation has continued across Morocco and Algeria.
Although there has been some improving rainfall, significant deficits remain in a band stretching from northern Nigeria through Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, and into the Darfur region of Sudan. Most areas are either holding their deficit steady or even improving, except Sudan, where rainfall has shut off across much of the country. Further east, Ethiopia continues to pick up rainfall across the highland areas, particularly in the west and around Lake Tana.

In the far west, rainfall has pushed into the Groundnut Basin of Senegal, and western Niger. These two areas had significant deficits earlier, but have made a major recovery over the last several weeks. Meanwhile Mali, Burkina Faso and other countries in western Africa have had a great rainy season, thus far.

In the north, fronts continue to slide past Morocco and Algeria spreading light to moderate precipitation across the Atlas Mountains and along the Mediterranean coast.

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