May 25th 2017

Society / Environment

Contrary to perceptions, Kenya’s weathermen score highly

To travellers from the developed world, this may sound like an undeserved accolade, given the precision with which agencies in Europe, America and some parts of Asia are required to report the weather. However, in a country where most institutions don't work well, this is an accomplishment to commen

By Jack Otwalanewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSunday, 29 Jan 2017 18:09 EAT

The latest weather update on the department's website posted around 4pm.

Light showers were recorded in Nairobi and its environs today evening, bringing relief to city residents who had born nearly a month of daily water rationing. The rains were not sufficient to change the water levels in Ndakaini Dam, but Nairobians still expressed expectation that the dry period could be coming to an end soon. Many are the people who were pleased that the Meteorological Department got their forecast right, which is rare in Kenya.

The ‘WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE NEXT SEVEN-DAY PERIOD VALID 24TH TO 30TH JAN 2017’ indicated that a few days of light rainfall expected mainly in the south of the country. The weathermen have also accurately tracked clouds over the past two weeks and predicted rainfall over few stations in Central Kenya as well as parts of South Rift and Kisii, according to a pilot at Wilson Airport who spoke to the Kenya Free Press.

According to the pilot, the Meteorological Department is one of Kenya's most effective public agencies, and its staffers work around the clock. After this website was informed about the department's effectiveness, we visited its website and observed that weather changes were being updated by the hour.

To travellers from the developed world, this may sound like an undeserved accolade, given the precision with which agencies in Europe, America and some parts of Asia are required to report the weather. However, in a country where most institutions don't work well, this is an accomplishment to commend.

Jack is a business and society writer at the Kenya Free Press





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