Kenya: Agrometeorological Bulletin, 28th Dekad 2009


1st to 10th October, 2009



- During the 28th Dekad i.e. 1st - 10th October, 2009, moderate to heavy rainfall was received over the Western, Eastern, Nyanza, and parts of Central Rift Valley with Kakamega, Kisii, Kisumu, Kericho, Kitale, Eldoret, and Nakuru recording 52.7, 53.4, 27.7,77.5,77.4 , and 13.8mm respectively. The Coastal regions experienced substantial rainfall with Voi, Lamu, Mombasa, Mtwapa, msabaha, and Malindi recording Dekadal rainfall totals of 23.6, 12.7, 12.7, 19.7, 19.2 mm and 12.1 mm respectively. Central Province, experienced light rains with Nyahururu, Nyeri and Thika recording Dekadal rainfall totals of 33.1, 19.9 and 5.9mm respectively . Nairobi area and its environs experienced sunny intervals with occasional showers with Kabete, Dagoretti, Wilson and J.K.I.A recording 36.5, 21.3, 25.1, and 7.0 mm respectively. The rest of the Country experienced mainly dry and sunny conditions during the Dekad (Fig 1&2.)

- Day time temperatures relatively decreased 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 27.3, 29.7, 27.6, 24.2, 30.7, 25.9, 26.3,28.0, 29.8, 26.7, 28.3, 31.3 and 30.3 deg. Celsius respectively. The rest of the country experienced warm conditions with Lodwar, Mandera, Wajir and , Garissa, recording a Dekadal Mean day Maximum of 36.0, 36.9, 34.5 and 35.7 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 9.4, 12.9, 11.8, 13.9, 14.7, 15.8, 15.4, 14.3 and 14.6 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 health conditions remained 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 associated impacts continue to be experienced in many parts of the Country due the prolonged drought.