Global Precipitation & Temperature Outlook for March 2017
2 March 2017
The March 2017 Outlook indicates drier than normal conditions in eastern Brazil and southern California, and much warmer than normal conditions in Eastern Europe into western European Russia, central Brazil, and Queensland, Australia.
The precipitation forecast for March shows moderate to severe dry anomalies in southern California and eastern Brazil, and slightly more intense dry anomalies in coastal Gabon.
Moderate to occasionally severe dry anomalies are predicted for: western Alaska, northeastern Morocco, northwestern Angola into coastal Congo, central Kyrgyzstan, western Mongolia into Inner Mongolia, northern Luzon (Philippines), and northern Queensland (Australia).
Wetter than normal conditions are forecast scattered across northern South America, including: Ecuador; western and eastern Colombia; much of Venezuela, which may be exceptional in a small pocket in the south; Guyana, Suriname, and into north-central Brazil. Moderate to severe wet anomalies are expected in Paraguay, and moderate wet anomalies will extend into southern Brazil.
Wet anomalies are also forecast for southern Africa including Namibia, Botswana, southeastern Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Anomalies may reach severe to extreme intensity in northern Namibia.
A stretch of moderate to isolated exceptional wet anomalies are expected in the eastern Tibetan Plateau. Extreme wet anomalies are forecast in eastern Russia along the Sea of Japan and Sea of Okhotsk, and primarily moderate wet anomalies are forecast in central Russia.
The predominance of reds and oranges on the temperature map below points to a warmer than normal March in many parts of the world.
Much of Europe will see warmer temperatures, primarily moderate. But extreme to exceptional warm anomalies - what would be expected every 20 to beyond 40 years - are forecast for Eastern Europe, including Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, and Bulgaria.
Exceptional warm anomalies will also reach into a large block of Western European Russia, and warm anomalies of varying intensity are expected to span much of the country, reaching exceptional severity again in the east.
Other areas of the world expected to have extreme to exceptional warm anomalies include southwestern Mexico, north-central Brazil, western Yemen, and Queensland, Australia.
Moderate to severe warm anomalies are forecast in Africa's northern two-thirds and in northern Madagascar; southern Saudi Arabia; central Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and western Kazakhstan; along Pakistan's coast; much of India, southern Myanmar, and western Thailand; a large block of China west of the Yellow Sea; Indonesia and Papua New Guinea; Tasmania, Australia; northern Chile and coastal Peru; Cuba; and the Baja Peninsula. Primarily moderate warm anomalies are expected in southern California.
Cool anomalies are forecast for Namibia, Botswana, southeastern Angola, and central Venezuela.
About This Blog Post
Each week, ISciences processes an ensemble of 28 seasonal temperature and precipitation forecasts issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Forecast System Version 2 (CFSv2). We present our results in a proprietary weekly report titled Global Water Monitor and Forecast: Precipitation and Temperature Outlook. This blog post summarizes our Outlook released March 2, 2017 which includes forecasts for March 2017 through November 2017 based on NOAA CFSv2 forecasts issued February 22 through February 28, 2017.
- Each CFSv2 forecast is bias corrected by:
- Constructing probability density functions from CFSv2 hindcasts.
- Fitting the hindcast probability distribution functions to a generalized extreme value distribution.
- Using an inverse lookup to an extreme value distribution fitted to the observed temperature and precipitation record (Fan & van den Dool 2008, Chen et al. 2002).
- The map colors depict the return period of the median forecast anomaly.
- Regions where the interquartile range of the ensemble spans both above normal and below normal conditions are hashed as having uncertain direction.
- Regions where the interquartile range of the ensemble divided by the median forecast is large (>0.4) are hashed as having uncertain magnitude.
- Results are reported in terms of return period using a 1950-2009 baseline.
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