June 25, 2012
AMESD SADC Drought Products - Changes to existing products and introduction of a new one on 19 July 2012
Some of the Drought Products provided by the Botswana Department of Meteorological Services (BDMS) in the framework of AMESD/SADC (Southern African Development Community) THEMA and currently distributed via EUMETCast, have been updated.
The products concerned are:
The following changes have been made:
Details on file name changes
These changes will be effective as of 19 July 2012.
On the same date, a new drought product will be introduced on EUMETCast: DP17 - Rainfall decile (monthly). This product covers Southern Africa.
Deciles provide a measure of the spread of rainfall experienced in the past. Rainfall in the current year can be compared against decile information to see where it stands in relation to historical records. The monthly rainfall deciles are calculated by ranking the totals in ascending order, and then splitting the data into 10 equally sized groups.
File name example: AMESD_SADC_RFE_decile_20100901_SAfri_v1.zip
This product will be distributed on the same EUMETCast channel as the other drought products:
Channel: EUMETSAT Data Channel 12
Sample files for this new product and the updated products are available on our FTP site.
For further information, please contact our User Service Helpdesk.