Heavier than expected rainfall was observed over the Northern and Central
in the second half of August and the rainfall was diminished in the first two
weeks of September. However, these rainfall has not compensated for the sustained
drought persisting over the Northern and Maldives . Warming sea surfaces around Central Islands Maldives and the tropical have contributed
towards these conditions. But in Eastern Pacific
Oceans South Maldives, where the rainfall deficit over the last
year was smaller, the heavier than expected rainfall compensated for the
drought conditions to some extent.
Image: Rainfall in 2012 (black) compared to rainfall in previous 5 years in Northern Maldives
Image: Rainfall of past 365 days (black) compared to average rainfall in previous 8 years. Note the continuous increase in rainfall deficit.