Severe Weather Events

The Science Behind Abuja’s Summer Flood

By Dr Kamoru Abiodun Lawal (NiMet) for GCRF-African SWIFT On 25 July 2020 Abuja city, Nigeria’s capital, experienced one of the worst floods in its history. This event was a consequence of build-up of clusters of mesoscale convective systems that started as early as the morning of 22 July 2020, through and up to 25 … Continue Reading

Kenyan Lakes reach record levels

By Jemimah Gacheru (KMD), Chris Kiptum (KMD), David Koros (KMD), Caroline Wainwright (Reading), John Marsham (Leeds) for GCRF-African SWIFT Several lakes in Kenya’s Rift Valley have reached record levels, causing concerns for livelihoods and ecology in the region. Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria, once 20 kilometres apart, are now so close there are fears one could … Continue Reading

SWIFT Team Reports on Cyclone Idai

Report prepared by: From the University of Leeds: Beth Woodhams, Hellen Msemo, Declan Finney, Sam Hardy, Emmanuel Likoya From the Kenya Meteorological Department: David Koros Described by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as one of the ‘worst weather-related disasters to ever hit the southern hemisphere’, Cyclone Idai caused devastation over south eastern Africa during the … Continue Reading

African SWIFT report on flooding and heavy rainfall in Kenya

Report by SWIFT Research Team from Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) Emmah Mwangi, John Mungai and Benard Chanzu report: During the March-May (MAM) 2018 season most parts of Kenya have received enhanced rainfall, which was characterized by intense storms.  As at 26th April, 2018 much of the country had already received rainfall that was over 125% of the MAM Long … Continue Reading