Review of the weather in Sep 2009 and the outlook for Oct 2009


Ref. No. Met/ 7/23


Most parts of the country are normally sunny and dry during the month of September. This scenario was observed over the better part of the country in September 2009. However, some parts of western Kenya experienced highly enhanced rainfall that led to serious flooding and loss of lives and property in Nyanza Province. The Coastal strip and central Highlands including Nairobi area recorded light rainfall amounts.

The outlook for October 2009 indicates that most parts of the country are likely to experience enhanced rainfall during the month. This will be mainly associated with the evolving El Niño conditions in the Equatorial eastern and central Pacific Ocean coupled with warmer than average Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) over the Equatorial western Indian Ocean adjacent to the East African Coast.