Many parts of Southeast Asia and the Pacific may experience moderate to exceptional water deficits in the coming months, as reported in our prior post. As evident in the 12-month map below, Thailand and the island of New Guinea may be hardest hit.

WSIM Composite Water Anomaly Index for April 2015 through March 2016
(12-Month)

The 3-month composites (below) for the same 12-month period show the evolving conditions in more detail. (It should be noted that forecast skill declines with longer lead times.) From July through September severe to exceptional water deficits are forecast for most of the region, including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea. Deficits may persist or continue to emerge through March in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and southern Papua New Guinea.

WSIM Composite Water Anomaly Index for April 2015 through March 2016
(3-Month)

Comment

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