Kenya: Agrometeorological Bulletin, 25th Dekad 2009


Issue No. 25/2009, Season: JAS


- During the 25th Dekad i.e. 1st - 10th September, 2009, light to moderate was received over the Western, Nyanza and parts Central Rift Valley with Kakamega, Kisii, Kisumu, Kericho, Kitale, Eldoret and Nakuru recording 56.5, 35.6, 11.5, 31.1,12.2 , 4.5, and 98.9mm respectively. The Coastal regions experienced insignificant light rainfall with Mtwapa, lamu and Malindi recording Dekadal rainfall totals of 3.6, 2.9, mm, and 9.7mm respectively. Central Province, Nairobi area and its environs experienced cloudy mornings with light rains/drizzle over the high ground areas. The rest of the Country experienced mainly dry and sunny conditions during the Dekad (Fig 1&2)

- Day time temperatures were relatively high due to reduced cloud cover over Western, Central Rift Valley, Central Province, Nairobi area and its environs and the Coastal region with Kakamega, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Mwea, Nyeri, Meru, Embu, Thika, Dagoretti, Moyale, Makindu and Mombasa recording a Dekadal Mean day Maximum of 27.9, 30.7, 26.9, 23.8, 26.9, 23.0, 23.8 24.0, 25.4, 22.1, 26.3, 27.8 and 29.4 deg. Celsius respectively. The rest of the country experienced warm conditions with Lodwar, Mandera, Wajir and , Garissa, recording a Dekadal Mean day Maximum of 35.5, 35.3, 34.0 and 33.6 deg. Celsius respectively. (Fig 2&3)

- Night temperatures were relatively lower over Western and Central Rift Valley, Central Highlands, Nairobi area and its environs due to reduced cloud cover during the Dekad with Nyahururu, Narok, Eldoret Airport, Nakuru, Nyeri, Embu, Thika, Kabete and Dagoretti recording a Dekadal mean minimum of 6.5, 10.7, 8.7, 12.6, 13.3, 14.4, 14.1, 12.5 and 12.8 deg Celsius respectively. (Figs 1-6)

- The pastoral regions and game parks of Southern Rift Valley, North Eastern, South Eastern Lowlands and the Coastal regions, experienced mainly sunny conditions during the Dekad. Pastures and animal's health conditions remains generally poor. Death of livestock and wildlife especially the browsers is on the increase due to inadequate water and pastures (Figs. 1- 6)

- Famine and hunger and the associated impacts are being experienced in many parts of the Country especially in North Western and Northern Districts, Eastern, Central, Coast, Northeastern, Nyanza and parts of Northern and Southern Rift Valley provinces due the current drought.