Rainfall unlikely to end food crisis: Met
SEE ALSO :Anxiety as Met forecasts falter"The March-April-May 'long rains' constitutes an important season in Kenya and more so in the Western, Rift Valley and Central regions," notes acting Director of Meteorological Services Stella Aura, adding that the rainfall highly-impacts on the agricultural sector and hence food security.
Food securityHowever, she notes that this time round, things are not looking good for the country in terms of the weather and food security. "The outlook for the 'long rains' season indicates that most of the country is likely to experience slightly above average rainfall except for parts of Eastern Kenya and the Coastal region," says the weatherman. At the same time, KMD says the seasonal rainfall is expected to be timely over several parts of the country. "However, a tropical cyclone known as IDAI located in the Mozambican channel for several days has played a key role in delaying the northward movement of the rain bearing winds or the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)," notes the national forecaster.
Indian Ocean"Neutral to cooler than average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) along the Western Equatorial Indian Ocean coupled with very warm SSTs to the east of Madagascar have also contributed to the delay in the establishment of the ITCZ over the country," it adds. Further, the agency warns that there are possibilities of more tropical cyclones developing in the South West Indian Ocean basin and that this may further delay the onset of rains in many parts of the country. "Despite timely onset of the March-April-May 2019 seasonal rainfall, prolonged dry spells are likely due to the existence of the tropical cyclones (TCs),"it notes. Water sources are expected to deteriorate over most parts of the country due to poor rainfall, Met warns.
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