Drought Forecast Map

AUGUST 2019 SPI DROUGHT FORECAST FOR JAMAICA

As we look at the upcoming three-month period of June to August, temperatures are trending towards been hotter than normal with fewer wet days based on the findings from our seasonal climate forecast models. Current environmental conditions continue to indicate a warmer and dryer Caribbean, including Jamaica.

Therefore, Jamaicans should brace for an increase in heat stress-related impacts as well as reduced water inflows in our dams and reservoirs in the upcoming three-month season of June-August.

The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the findings from the models in the upcoming months so as to advise our stakeholders, especially farmers accordingly.

To view our 3D drought maps follow the steps listed below:

  1. Download all the files from our Dropbox link listed below.
  2. Download and install Google Earth on your PC* 

SPI Data Used In Jamaica Drought Monitor

Categories SPI Values 
 Near Normally Drying (40%tile)  0.0 to -0.4
Abnormally Dry

(30%tile)

-0.5 to -0.7
Moderate Drought

(20%tile)

-0.8 to -1.2
Severe Drought

(10%tile)

-1.3 to -1.5
Extreme Drought

(5%tile)

-1.6 to -1.9
Exceptional Drought

(2%tile)

-2.0 or less
Categories SPI Values 
Near Normally Wetness (60%tile)  0.0 to 0.4
Abnormally Wetness (70%tile) 0.5 to 0.7
Moderate Wetness

(80%tile)

0.8 to 1.2
Severe Wetness

(90%tile)

1.3 to 1.5
Extreme Wetness

(95%tile)

1.6 to 1.9
Exceptional Wetness

(98%tile)

2.0 or more