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Dry Season Rain

There were thunder storms and heavy rain showers along the Laikipia Isiolo border at the start of the week. This was a culmination of moody weather and threatening rain from the week before. While we have seen a lot less rain than areas to the south of us it is even more unusual here.

Rain over Sanga

Not that the odd day or two of rain in February is unheard of, but rather that all of January seemed more like July (cold and cloudy) and most of February has been offering heavy rain cloud, light drizzle and eventually some really heavy downpours. Today I saw photographs of snow in the Aberdares followed some minutes later by a report on the decline of glaciers on Mount Kenya

“The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that only 10 of the 18 glaciers that covered the mountain’s summit a century ago remain, leaving less than one third of the previous ice cover. The #LewisGlacier, the largest on #MtKenya, has decreased by 90% in volume since 1934, with the highest rates of ice volume loss occurring around the turn of the century.”

Mount Kenya Trust

Are the glaciers to be saved after all? Global heating causes drought and heat waves, not snow and rain… surely?

Rain over Borana

One thing people often forget about global heating is that heat in the atmosphere creates more storms, of every kind, even the cold and wet ones. The inexorable change that global heating will have on East Africa is that rain will come in more damaging storms, dry periods will be more frequent and sustained, and yes, with increasing temperatures the glaciers will melt. This in turn will effect all the springs at lower levels that are ultimately fed by water from the mountain. With our ever increasing population these changes are going to be harder and harder to manage succesfully.

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