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Africa Intertropical Front

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Mean vs Current Mean ITCZ

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From April 1-10, 2014, the ITF experienced a significant northward movement, bringing above-average rains across portions of the Gulf of Guinea and Eastern Africa. The mean western (10W-10E) portion of the ITF was positioned along 11.9N, which was to the North of the average position by 0.4 degree. The strong southerly flow brought wetter than average conditions throughout eastern Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Benin. The mean eastern (20E-35E) portion of the ITF approximated 11.2N and led the mean position by 2.4 degrees. This resulted in rainfall surpluses over southern Sudan, South Sudan, and southwestern Ethiopia during the period. Figure 1 displays the current ITF position relative to its long-term average position during the first dekad of April. Figures 2 and 3 are time series, illustrating the mean latitudinal values of the western and eastern portion of the ITF, respectively, and their evolutions since April, 2014.

Dekad 15W 10W 5W 0 5E 10E 15E 20E 25E 30E 35E
April 1 10.7 11.1 12.3 12.7 12.3 10.9 9.5 11.9 10.9 11.5 10.7

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