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Kenya: Agrometeorological Bulletin, 27th Dekad 2009

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21st to 30th September, 2009

KENYA METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT

HIGHLIGHTS

- During the 27th Dekad i.e. 21th - 30th September, 2009, moderate to heavy rainfall was received over the Western, Nyanza and parts Central Rift Valley with Kakamega, Kisii, Kisumu, Kericho, Kitale, Eldoret and Nakuru recording 81.5, 52.8, 106.1, 30.3,28.1 , 47.5, and 10.3mm respectively. The Coastal regions experienced insignificant light rainfall with Mtwapa, msabaha , and Malindi recording Dekadal rainfall totals of 0.7, 1.4, mm, and 1.0 mm respectively. Central Province,was mostly dry throughout the entire period. Nairobi area and its environs experienced sunny intervals with occasional showers. The rest of the Country experienced mainly dry and sunny conditions during the Dekad (Fig 1&2)

- Day time temperatures were relatively low due to increased 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 27.6, 30.4, 27.8, 25.1, 31.5, 26.7, 28.3, 25.9, 30.3, 27.0, 28.3, 28.3 and 30.5 deg. Celsius respectively. The rest of the country experienced warm conditions with Lodwar, Mandera, Wajir and , Garissa, recording a Dekadal Mean day Maximum of 37.0, 36.7, 35.5 and 35.3 deg. Celsius respectively. (Fig 2&3)

- Night temperatures relatively increased over Western and Central Rift Valley, Central Highlands, Nairobi area and its environs due to increased cloud cover during the Dekad with Nyahururu, Narok, Eldoret Airport, Nakuru, Nyeri, Embu, Thika, Kabete and Dagoretti recording a Dekadal mean minimum of 6.4, 10.8, 10.4, 12.5, 14.0, 14.7, 14.3, 13.2 and 13.9 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.