- Rains expected in late Ferbruary to early March in West Nile
- Peak of rain expected in April in West Nile
- high chances for socio-economic activities being stressed
West Nile- The Uganda National Meteorological Authority has today released a weather forecast with West Nile expecting normal rains from March to June.
Accoding to the press release, there is an increased probability for near normal rainfall over much of Uganda, except the western sector of the country which is expected to receive normal to above normal rainfall. The onset of seasonal rains is expected to be characterised by severe thunderstorms and hailstorms over several parts of the country.
“The region has been experiencing dry conditions since December 2017. Moyo, Arua, Maracha, Nebbi, Pakwach, Adjumani, Yumbe, Koboko, Terego and Zombo districts will experience normal rains,” the press release states.
Most farmers here usually depend on rain and very few people use irrigation schemes. But to make it worse, the weather patterns of the region has kept on changing where there is unusually prolonged dry spells due to the destruction of the environment.
Top: Locals braving the heavy rains last year in Arua town. And motorcycles abandoned by cyclists as a result of heavy rains. Photos by Felix
In the region the onset of seasonal rainfall is expected around late February to early March. The peak of the rainfall is expected around late April 2017 and moderate relaxation is expected around mid-June. Overall, there are high chances for near normal with a tendency to above normal over this region.
There are high chances that Eastern Karamoja region, parts of Isingiro and Rakai, and parts of Pakwach and Nebbi are expected to experience below normal rainfall during this season.
This implies that the total rainfall expected over these regions is below 75 per cent of the Long Term Mean (LTM). Under this range there are high chances for socio-economic activities being stressed, the level of stress will increase with increasing rainfall deficiency.