Zambezi records highest rainfall since October 2017

09 Mar 2018 15:00pm
RUNDU, 09 MAR (NAMPA) – An exceptional amount of rainfall was recorded over the Zambezi Region during the month of February.
This was revealed by the Meteorological Service Division in the Ministry of Works and Transport through its rainfall bulletin of February availed to the media on Thursday.
It says as a result of the rainfall, most stations over the Zambezi Region have positive normal departures, while on a seasonal scale from October to February, the scale deficit was reduced.
However, the bulk of the country recorded negative departures on a monthly basis and seasonal scale with very few exceptions, the bulletin indicates.
It further shows that seasonal deficit of rainfall remains too high over the Kunene, Omusati and parts of Oshana, where between 120 millimetres (mm) to 220mm is required to normalise a rainy season.
“Standardised Precipitation Index (SPI) calculations show that most of the country is near normal or moderately dry,” it reads.
The SPI is used to monitor drought or wet climates with negative values associated with dry and positive values with wet conditions.
Rainfall figures of specified areas that received the highest amount of rainfall since October 2017 are Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region with 608.3mm, Sachona (Zambezi) 497.8mm, Ondobe (Ohangwena) received 450.0mm, Choantsas (Oshikoto) recorded 399.0mm and Wilde (Otjozondjupa) received 338mm. Chichimane (Zambezi) got 336.5mm, Mpungu in Kavango West received 333.5mm, Ndonga-Linena (Kavango West) received 327.0mm and Nkurenkuru 321.8mm.