Cloudy, with no rain...

This animation of satellite images shows daily cloud cover over the southern tip of Africa since November 2017 (when the growing season started). Looking at this animation it is hard to believe that the region (particularly the southern parts) has been experiencing a 1:100 year drought with almost no rainfall whatsoever. The drought has had a devastating impact on agricultural production (one of the main economical activities) in the region. CropsMonitor is currently helping farmers to maximize water use efficiencies in the region (see http://bit.ly/examplemaps).

Fortunately some rain was received earlier this week. Unfortunately this is only a drop in the ocean and much more rainfall will be needed to replenish the near-empty reservoirs in preparation for the upcoming growing season.

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