The outlook for the March-April-May (MAM) 2013 “Long-Rains” season in Kenya and review of the performance of the October-December 2012 “Short-Rains” season as well as the weather during January-February 2013

The outlook for the March-April-May (MAM) 2013 “Long-Rains” season in Kenya and review of the performance of the October-December 2012 “Short-Rains” season as well as the weather during January-February 2013

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5 March 2013
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Depressed and poorly distributed rainfall is expected over most parts of the country during March-May 2013 “Long-Rains” Season. This is likely to be more pronounced in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs).
  • The western and central counties including Nairobi as well as the Coastal strip are likely to experience enhanced rainfall.
  • Most of the rainfall in the country is expected during the peak month of April except over the Coastal strip where the peak is expected during the month of May.
  • During January and February 2013, slightly cooler than average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) were present over the eastern and central equatorial Pacific Ocean. Neutral conditions were observed over western Equatorial Indian Ocean while warmer than average SSTs prevailed over eastern Equatorial Indian Ocean adjacent to Australia. >> More

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