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A storm short-range weather models didn’t see

On 25 February 2022 at 8pm on the Kenyan side of Lake Victoria, the rain began.
Although this was the beginning of a severe storm that would pummel Lake Victoria with intense rain when the fishermen were out in their boats, the forecasting models the Kenyan Meteorological Department used didn’t predict the heavy rainfall that was about to occur.

University of Nairobi Faculty of Science and Technology Inaugurates Weather and Climate Science Laboratory Supported by UK-GCRF African SWIFT Project

Speaking during the launch of the SWIFT-NESST Laboratory at the Meteorology unit, Prof Hutchinson, the Associate Vice Chancellor- Research, Innovation and Enterprise (AVC-RIE) reminisced about the unpredictability of rainfall distribution in both space and time and the challenge that it posed on the agricultural activities like planting season during her tenure as an agricultural officer … Continue Reading

Development of skills during African SWIFT

Impact of African SWIFT on the skills of participants Developing the skills of weather forecasters was one of the key goals throughout African SWIFT project. Effort was made to track the progress of development of skills across twelve categories at regular intervals throughout the project. During the last Science Meeting, participants were asked to self … Continue Reading

Flying over Lake Victoria: first aircraft observations of the lake–land breeze circulation

By Beth Woodhams for GCRF African SWIFT Flying an aircraft just 30m above the world’s most dangerous lake may sound more like a daredevil stunt than a scientific experiment, but the HyVic pilot flight campaign did just that! Using a special aircraft kitted out with scientific instruments, SWIFT scientists flew over Lake Victoria—a Lake in … Continue Reading