Jamaica Climate
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Jamaica Fruits

Climate Branch / Meteorological Service


New drought maps are uploaded on 4th week of each month



Brief Summary:  Through the period the computer models are indicating above normal in rainfall amount across most areas with warmer than normal temperatures.  

The forecast for October to December are indicating an increase in rainfall amounts as environmental conditions become more favourable. We are in the primary wet season and rainfall predictions remains above normal with no drought concern. However, we will continue to monitor the findings from the models in order to advise our farming communities should the situation change and warrant action on their part.

To view our 3D drought maps use the following browsers with 3D plugin:
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   December 2016 drought map for Jamaica

SPI Data Used In Jamaica Drought Monitor



SPI Values 

 Near Normally Drying (40%tile)

 0.0 to -0.4 

Abnormally Dry


-0.5 to -0.7 

Moderate Drought


-0.8 to -1.2 

Severe Drought


-1.3 to -1.5 

Extreme Drought


-1.6 to -1.9 

Exceptional Drought


-2.0 or less 


SPI Values 

Near Normally Wetness (60%tile)

 0.0 to 0.4 

Abnormally Wetness (70%tile)

0.5 to 0.7 

Moderate Wetness


0.8 to 1.2 

Severe Wetness


1.3 to 1.5 

Extreme Wetness


1.6 to 1.9 

Exceptional Wetness


2.0 or more 

Near normal drying and Abnormally Dry …are used for areas showing dryness but not yet in drought

Near normal wetness and Abnormally wetness …are used for areas recovering from drought.