The author gratefully acknowledges the contributions of research assistants Carla Renata Braga de Souza and Julio Hércio Magalhães Cordeiro, as well as the anonymous reviewers. Thanks are extended to the Department of Meteorology at FUNCEME, and especially to Namir Melo, for making data available. Assistance with maps was provided by Ed Eastaugh. This research was funded by the University of Western Ontario.
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Original terms are given in Portuguese, the only local and official language. All research activities were conducted in Portuguese. Translations are by the author.
A município is the smallest political and administrative unit, comprising an urban center and the surrounding rural area. Municípios are subdivided into districts to facilitate administration and service delivery.
Names given for rain prophets are pseudonyms. Other people mentioned are identified only with initials.
FUNCEME personnel do not support this theory and instead cite the new institutional policy against disseminating forecasts before the official one is produced at the annual workshop, which occurs at the end of January.