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Heavy rainfall pounds Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 21 – At least 11 regions in the country have surpassed the expected rainfall for October, according to the Kenya Meteorological Services.

Deputy Director in charge of forecasting Peter Ambenje said on Wednesday that the intense rainfall recorded in some of their weather stations had significantly influenced the rainfall totals received so far.

“171.3mm so far recorded at Lamu from for the last three weeks at Lamu Meteorological Station is already well above the Long Term Mean for the three-month period October to December which is 150mm,” Mr Ambenje said in a statement.

Marsabit, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Nyeri, Meru, Dagoretti, Makindu, Voi and Malindi had also exceeded the expected Long Term Means for October in the last three weeks.

Meru had the highest recorded rainfall at 340.3mm against the expected 197.5 mm for the whole month of October followed by Malindi with 151.5 mm against the expected 63.1 mm.

Nyeri has recorded 125.3mm against the expected 104.9mm while Marsabit, Garissa, Voi and Mandera had recorded 121.9mm, 95.5mm, 76.0mm, and 68.8mm respectively.

Dagoretti, Wajir and Makindu have recorded 66.1mm, 55.5mm and 48.2mm respectively.

Mr Ambenje said the “short rains” season which is between October and December had generally commenced in most parts of the country.

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“Daily rainfall figures so far recorded from the beginning of the month of October 2009 indicate that the onset of the rainfall season occurred around mid of the month over several areas,” he said.

“Some areas have so far experienced “Short-lived” intense rainfall that signify the potential of enhanced rainfall (El Nino) within the season as predicted in August this year,” he added.

Earlier in the week, the meteorological services signaled that the expected El Nino rains had began.


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