Looking back at the April – June 2017 Season
The season April – June (AMJ) is considered to be the transition period from the dry to the wet/ hurricane season. Above to normal rainfall total was accumulated for season. Day-time peak and average temperatures were above to normal, with normal minimum/ night-time temperatures.
|Canefield Airport||Douglas-Charles Airport|
234.0 to 387.5 mm
401.3 to 639.0 mm
|AMJ 2017 Total||
377.2 mm (normal)
817.5 mm (above normal)
|Average Maximum Normal||
31.2oC to 31.8oC
29.7oC to 30.1oC
|AMJ 2017 Average Maximum||
32.1oC (above normal)
|Average Mean Normal||
27.5oC to 28.0oC
26.7oC to 27.1oC
|AMJ 2017 Average Mean||
28.6oC (above normal)
|Average Minimum Normal||
23.6oC to 23.9oC
23.7oC to 24.1oC
|AMJ 2017 Average Minimum||
El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO)
In recent weeks, Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) in the equatorial eastern Pacific (NINO3.4) warmed to borderline El Niño conditions.
Model Forecast and Guidance
A majority of models suggest warm-neutral ENSO conditions during July – September (JAS) (60% confidence) and neutral or El Niño conditions by October – December (OND) 2017 (40-45% confidence).
Expected Impacts on Rainfall and Temperatures
The ongoing ENSO neutral state will have little effect on rainfall or temperatures. However, if El Niño manifests by OND 2017, odds are in favour of hotter conditions and less hurricane activity than usual in the latter part of the season, as well as drier weather with less extreme rainfall in the south and east of the region.
Climate conditions in the Tropical North Atlantic and Caribbean
Recent observations: SSTs in the Tropical North Atlantic are above average (+0.5oC or more), especially near the West African coast. Trade winds have been slightly weaker than usual over the Tropical North Atlantic in May.
Expected Conditions: Current SST anomalies are expected to persist (or slightly weaken near Africa) throughout JAS and OND 2017.
Expected impacts: Positive SST anomalies tend to increase humidity and can therefore produce a probability shift towards above- to normal rainfall for JAS and OND, especially in northern portions of the region.
Seasonal Forecasts for July – September 2017
Forecast: Drier than usual to usual conditions overall is forecast for the season July-August-September 2017. The forecast for the season October-November-December 2017, which is usually the wettest part of the year, is for wetter than usual to usual conditions overall. Chances of extremely dry or extremely wet conditions are quite low at this time (75% confidence).
July – September: normal accumulation range: Canefield Airport: 630.6mm to 847.6mm and Douglas-Charles Airport: 657.0 to 824.7mm.
October – December: normal accumulation range: Canefield Airport: 395.4 to 545.0mm and Douglas-Charles Airport: 733.0 to 950.7mm.
Probability for June – August 2017:
- 25% chance of above normal
- 35% chance normal
- 40% chance of below normal
Probability for October – December 2017:
- 40% chance of above normal
- 35% chance normal
- 25% chance of below normal
Wet Days and Wet Spells Outlook
|Station||Climatology (Wet days)||Forecast (Wet days)|
|Canefield Airport||52 to 65||50 to 66|
|Douglas-Charles||56 to 69||57 to 74|
Forecast: An increase in the number of wet days (medium to high confidence) is expected.
- Frequent rainfall disruptions of outdoor activities
- Surface wetness makes environmental conditions more conducive to mosquito breeding and moisture related pests
7-Day Wet Spells
|Station||Climatology (7 day wet spell)||Forecast (7 day wet spell)|
|Canefield Airport||3.7 to 7.4||3.8 to 8.1|
|Douglas-Charles||3 to 6.9||2.8 to 7.2|
Forecast: An increase in frequency of 7-day wet and very wet spells (low confidence).
Implication: Recharge of large water reservoirs associated with wet season.
3-Day Wet Spells
|Station||Climatology (3 day extreme wet spell)||Forecast (3 day extreme wet spell)|
|Canefield Airport||0 to 2.5||0 to 2.3|
|Douglas-Charles||0 to 1||0 to 1.1|
Forecast: There is little indication of change in frequency for 3-day extreme wet spells (low confidence).
Implication: There is potential for flash flooding.
Forecast: There is no short term (April to September 2017) and long term (December 2016 to November 2017) drought concerns for Dominica at this time. Continue to monitor the situation in the coming months.
Forecast: Maximum (day-time) and minimum (night-time) temperatures averaged over the period July-August-September are forecast to be above to normal. Temperatures across the Caribbean are forecast to be uncomfortably hot for many, with high humidity and a high chance for heat waves until the end of October.
Usually: July – September: (Maximum temperature normal range: 31-32oC) (Mean temperature normal range: 27-28oC) (Minimum temperature normal range: 24-25oC).
- Very likely increase in heat stress from heatwaves in human populations or livestock
- More discomfort related to heat compared to recent months
- Night-time heat more uncomfortable than in most other years
- Warm conditions conducive for mosquito breeding and faster mosquito life cycles
- Increased cooling needs
Maximum/day-time temperature Probability
- 60% chance of above normal
- 25% chance normal
- 15% chance of below normal
Minimum/night-time temperature Probability
- 50% chance of above normal
- 30% chance normal
- 20% chance of below normal