Following erratic rains in May and June, precipitation improved in most regions in July. Following the first significant rains in the extreme south in April, precipitation progressed northwards but remained erratic in most regions until late June when growing conditions improved considerably in the central, eastern and northern regions. Floods are reported in the northern locality of Goundan (Tombouctou) and the capital Bamako. In Goundan, 90 mm of rainfall fell in late July during a seven-hour downpour while in Bamako, 81 mm of rain fell during a nine-hour downpour in early August. By contrast, rainfall decreased during the last dekad of July in the western region of Kayes where planted coarse grains are reportedly suffering water stress. Due to the earlier drier weather, cumulative rainfall as of late July was below the same period last year and below average in most meteorological stations. Plantings and replantings are still underway. Crops are generally emerging but early planted maize, millet and sorghum are tillering/elongating. Rice is emerging or being transplanted in the "office du Niger"and the "office de développement rural de Sélingué".

Pastures are generally growing well but remain poor in the northern part of Kayes and Koulikoro. Grasshopper infestations and the presence of grain-eating birds have been reported. No Desert Locusts were reported but low numbers of adults are probably present in a few areas of southeastern regions.

Satellite Images (Cold Cloud Duration for the last three dekads)

Page with graphics of the evolution of Cold Cloud Duration average values over various zones of the country and compared to 1989-1995 average values.

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