By Judith Akolo
The Kenya Meteorological Service says April is the peak month of the “Long Rains” season.
Even as the rainfall peaks in some areas, the weatherman warns that the eastern sector, is likely to experience depressed rainfall.
The rainfall distribution, both in time and space, is likely to be generally poor especially over most of the eastern sector of the country.
The opposite of this will be the Western and Central Highlands, the Coastal strip as well as some few areas in Northern parts of Moyale, Marsabit and South eastern areas of Machakos will receive near average rainfall.
“The rainfall may occasionally be characterized by heavy storms,” said the Kenya Meteorological Service Director, James Kongoti and added, “the rain may be slightly enhanced in some areas.”
According to the forecast the potential impacts is better performance in crops in the agricultural areas of western and central Kenya due to the expected good rainfall performance.
“Farmers should therefore take advantage of the good rains and apply the appropriate farming methods in order to maximize on the yield,” says the statement signed by the Director of Met Services.
The weatherman says pasture for livestock is likely to improve slightly despite the depressed rainfall expected over most pastoral areas in the country.
Residents of Nyando, Budalangi and Kano plains have been warned of possible flooding, “and cases of lightning strikes are also probable especially in western Kenya,’ says the forecast.
The Seven Folks power generating dams are expected to experience increased inflows due to the expected enhanced rainfall in the catchment areas says the weatherman.
The Met Service says is however warning that water supplies in Northeastern Kenya will strained during the season.