April rainfall amounts were above the monthly long-term average (LTA) of 2001-2016 across much of Lebanon. The exception to this is the eastern part of crop-growing Baalbek-El Hermel, which received near average rains. Precipitation was lower compared to last year in northern and central parts of Baalbek-El Hermel and parts of crop-growing North and Akkar governorates; rains were mostly near to above their levels the same month last year in the rest of the country.
Harvesting of winter grains (wheat and barley) planted in November-January is expected from mid-June. The ASI depicted moisture stress throughout three decades of April across Bekaa, central and northern parts of Mount Lebanon and parts of North governorates. However, percentage of cropland areas experiencing moisture stress in Mount Lebanon and North governorates has declined between first and third dekads of April as a result of good monthly rainfall. In contrast, reflecting the impact of below average precipitation throughout the crop-growing season (January-March), about 40-70 percent of Bekaa cropland areas, which are predominantly sown under cereals, indicated sustained moisture stress in all three dekads of the month.
Please note that the ASI is based on remotely sensed data only; there is no conrmation on what crops have been planted.