Precipitation has been below the long term average over Syria for the months of March, April and May (2016). Also, higher temperatures have been observed across the region for the same time period. Together, these have seen vegetation growth to be below average over much of Syria. 2015 saw a higher than expected precipitation and therefore shows a greater NDVI difference for 2016 than compared to the Long Term Average over Syria. Vegetation conditions look good over the northern and central Iraq when compared to the long term average, while north-eastern Syria also shows above average vegetation activity.
The crop season for wheat and barley is now over with harvesting almost completed, but continued dryness could be stressful for livestock farmers. RFSAN also produces rainfall and Agricultural Stress Index products on a monthly basis, and these should be used in conjunction with these NDVI products.