Effects of El Nino phenomenon plummeting

By Judith Akolo

The Kenya Meteorological Service has announced that the El Nino phenomenon in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean is beginning to reduce.

The Met Service in its January forecast says most parts of the country are likely to remain generally sunny.

The weathermen however note that the even as the El Nino phenomenon continues to reduce due to falling sea surface temperatures over the Equatorial Pacific Ocean, some region are expected to continue receiving rainfall through the month.

The outlook for January 2016 indicates that the Lake Basin and parts of Central Rift Valley, Western highlands, central highlands, southeastern lowlands and the Coastal strip are likely to experience occasional rainfall “that may be slightly enhanced,” says the Director of Meteorological Service James Kongoti.

The specific outlooks for individual areas shows that, the Lake Basin; Kisii, Kisumu, Busia, parts of Highlands west of the Rift Valley Kericho, Kakamega, Central Rift Valley Narok, Nakuru, are expected to receive slightly enhanced rainfall.

The Highlands east of the Rift Valley including Nairobi Nyahururu, Nyeri, Embu, Meru, Murang’a, Thika, Dagoretti, Wilson, southeastern Kenya including; Voi, Makindu, Machakos and the Coastal Lamu, Malindi, Msabaha, Mombasa, Mtwapa are expected to experience occasional rainfall.

The Kenya Meteorological Service says that the enhanced rainfall performance during the short rains season of October through to December in most parts of the country resulted into good crop performance in the agricultural areas.

“The good rainfall performance also increased pastures for livestock in the pastoral areas of Northern Kenya including; Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit and Moyale,” says the Meteorological Service.

The level of water for hydroelectric power generation improved significantly due to the high intensity of rainfall in the catchment areas, “resulting in runoff.”

The negative impacts such flooding, landslides and mudslides, lightning strikes were reported in a number of places.


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