Precipitation forecasts up to 5 months ahead
The most important decision a farmer needs to make, is the decision what and when to plant. Seasonal weather forecasts can assist farmers in long-term planning and seed selection.
Forecasts on seasonal time scales can provide an indication of the upcoming months that are either dryer or wetter than normal. Therefor we use the information from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (CCS). The output of the various CCS models is combined and compared with the 24 year model climatology and 39 years of satellite precipitation data to increase forecast skill. Our data analysis results in categorial monthly rainfall indicators, for example ‘increased rainfall’ or ‘normal rainfall’.
Our seasonal forecasts provide the monthly indicators up to 5 months ahead. These indicators can be converted into concrete advices and risk information which is essential for farmers.
A few examples;
- Drought risks for the next season
- Farm advice
- Crop selection support for agronomists
Are you interested in our seasonal forecasting service? Please contact us!
An example of the seasonal forecast outlook over Africa for the next 3 months (the initials at the end represent the months) is shown below.