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Who’s shocked July weather is cold?

The diagram shows types of interactions considered in a weather forecast model. Most weather forecasts today are based on the output of complex computer programs, known as forecast models. The forecast models run on supercomputers and provide predictions on many atmospheric variables such as temperature, pressure, wind and rainfall. The diagram and text by The University of Arizona, Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Science.

Kenya Meteorology Department gives weather advices whose aim is to save life, protect property and conserve environment. Few people follow the reports and many people are surprised when the weather changes. Some of the ignored early warnings range from the current cold season to the devastating famine in 2011. On …

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Warning: Strong winds, high waves in Indian Ocean

Kenya Meteorological Department Alert

Kenya Meteorological Department has warned residents in 15 counties to be careful of “very strong winds” and “very large waves over Indian Ocean.” The counties are Marsabit, Turkana, Samburu, Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale. Kenya Meteorological Department said there would …

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Water firms ranking: Nyeri tops again

Nyeri Water and Sewerage Company has emerged number one in a performance assessment done in 2020 by Water Services Regulatory Board. Nyeri has been leading since 2010, only missing in 2018 when it tied at top position with Ruiru-Juja Water and Sewerage Company. Nakuru Water and Sanitation Company took position …

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Good news gives farmers high yields

Agriculture ministry’s Chief Administrative Secretary Anne Nyaga opens Siakago Miraa Market Shed, in Embu county, on 16 February 2021. Farmers in Mbeere part of the county have planted miraa as an additional crop to increase their income.

Positive and uplifting stories could improve farmers’ lives and harvest. Happy and inspirational information gives farmers optimism. A recent study found happy and inspired farmers used more inputs and invested more leading to increased productivity. Researchers reviewed studies from 14 low and middle income countries in Asia and Africa. The …

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Energy: Manufacturers angry as State stops discount

Ms Phyllis Wakiaga, chief executive officer, Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

In January 2019 the government allowed manufacturers to deduct 30% of their electricity cost from their taxable profit. Manufacturers had welcomed the incentive as a reflection of the government’s commitment to the industry by lowering their production costs. But the government has stopped the incentive. In addition, manufacturers oppose the …

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Methane: Is reducing the gas easiest way to cool Earth?

Men searching for valuables at Dandora dumpsite.

Methane is an extremely powerful greenhouse gas responsible for about 30 per cent of global warming. Carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for hundreds of years. But methane breaks down quickly. This means cutting methane emissions could rapidly reduce the rate of warming in short time. People can reduce methane …

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March to May season: Most counties to get rain in March

A Kenyan map showing the expected rainfall pattern in March 2021 by counties.

Nineteen agricultural counties would get above normal rainfall. Seventeen counties could face lightning strikes and flooding. In addition, diseases such as malaria were likely to emerge around Lake Victoria and the coastal region. Kenya Meteorological Department expects 37 counties to get near normal or above normal rainfall. The remaining 10 …

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