Fifth Session of the South-West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum (SWIOCOF-5)

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Monday, September 19, 2016 to Friday, September 23, 2016

The Fifth Session of the South-West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum (SWIOCOF-5) was held in Victoria, Seychelles from 19-23 September 2016 to present a consensus outlook for the 2016/2017 rainfall season over the South-West Indian Ocean region. Climate scientists from the region's National Meteorological Hydrological Services (NMHSs), Meteo-France, ACMAD and the SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC) formulated this outlook. Additional inputs were acquired from other global climate prediction centres namely, European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF), Canadian Centre For Meteorological and Environmental Prediction (CCMEP), Beijing Climate Center (BCC), Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), Météo-France and Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (BoM), International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) and UK Met Office. This outlook covers the major rainfall season from October 2016 to January 2017. The outlooks are presented in overlapping three-monthly periods as follows: October-November-December (OND); November-December-January (NDJ).

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