Friday, December 16, 2016

Experimental Climate Monitoring and Prediction Highlights for Maldives – December 2016


HIGHLIGHTS


  • Central and Southern islands received up to 60 mm of rainfall during the first two weeks of December while the Northern islands remained mostly dry. When the cumulative rainfall over the last 365 days is considered, the Northern Islands are still under deficit by 200 mm for the last 3 months while there is a slight excess. 
  • NOAA CFS long-range weather prediction model predicts up to 50 mm total rainfall for Southern islands and less than 50 mm for Kolhumadulu, Haddhunmathi, Mulaku and Nilandhe atolls during 15th – 20th Dec. The NOAA GFS model predicts rainfall up to 20 mm for Southern Maldives. For the Northern and Central Islands, up to 10 mm of rainfall is predicted in the coming week. 
  • The sea surfaces around the Maldives is near the seasonal averages. A mild La Nina has onset in November 2016, but the temperatures in Maldives are predicted to be slightly above average for next two months. 





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