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Climate Branch / Meteorological Service

 

MAY 2017 SPI DROUGHT FORECAST FOR JAMAICA

Brief Summary:  The rainfall outlook for March to May 2017 indicates that most stations examined will likely receive near normal to below normal rainfall during the period. As the decline in rainfall is now spreading to other parishes there could be increased incidences of drought. In particular areas which were already recording drying may have worsened conditions.  

The Meteorological Service will continue to closely monitor the rainfall activities across southern and western parishes over the next three months. This is to ensure that critical and sensitive sectors such as agriculture which depends heavily on rainfall can adjust plans as necessary, in order to handle possible shortfall in water availability.

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Jamaica May 2017 drought map
 

APRIL 2017 SPI DROUGHT FORECAST FOR JAMAICA

 

Brief Summary:  The rainfall outlook for February to April 2017 indicates a general pattern of below normal rainfall for most areas examined during the period. At the end of December rainfall amounts across western parishes have declined significantly and on the current projections this decline especially for the parishes of Hanover and Westmoreland are likely to continue during the period.

Rainfall activity will be closely monitored for southern and western parishes over the next three months to ensure that critical and sensitive sectors such as agriculture which depends heavily on rainfall can adjust plans as necessary in order to handle possible shortfall in water availability.

To view our 3D drought maps use the following browsers with 3D plugin: 

 
Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox  

 

*Google Earth need to be install on your PC* 
 
 
 
 April 2017 drought forecast
 

SPI Data Used In Jamaica Drought Monitor

 

Categories

SPI Values 

 Near Normally Drying (40%tile)

 0.0 to -0.4 

Abnormally Dry

(30%tile)

-0.5 to -0.7 

Moderate Drought

(20%tile) 

-0.8 to -1.2 

Severe Drought

(10%tile) 

-1.3 to -1.5 

Extreme Drought

(5%tile) 

-1.6 to -1.9 

Exceptional Drought

(2%tile)

-2.0 or less 

Categories

SPI Values 

Near Normally Wetness (60%tile)

 0.0 to 0.4 

Abnormally Wetness (70%tile)

0.5 to 0.7 

Moderate Wetness

(80%tile) 

0.8 to 1.2 

Severe Wetness

(90%tile) 

1.3 to 1.5 

Extreme Wetness

(95%tile) 

1.6 to 1.9 

Exceptional Wetness

(98%tile)

2.0 or more