By Andrew Kaggwa, NECJOGHA
The present lull in rains is due to the influence of continental winds blowing towards our country (Uganda) but the rains are expected to resume mid this month’
Some areas of the country including Jinja, Teso sub region, Kumi and Lira have reported not receiving rain for the last two weeks.
“In Lira we last received rain two weeks ago and at the moment farmers are uncertain why it rained for such a short time and stopped,” reports Patrick Okino from Lira.
However, some parts of the Lake Victoria basin have been receiving occasional rains. But some areas of Buikwe district also report not receiving rain for almost two weeks.
Mbarara district is reported not to have received rain for three days whereas Rubirizi district received rain today.
Mbale district was reported to not have received rain for sometime however other districts in the Elgon sub district like Manafwa, Bududa and Namisindwa were receiving rain.
Yusuf Nsubuga, a meteorologist with the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (#UNMA) explained that there has been a reduction in rainfall in most parts of the country.
“However, areas around Lake Victoria and southwestern Uganda have been receiving occasional rains. The reduction is not permanent. Rains are expected to spread to most parts of the country by mid this month so farmers need not worry,” Nsubuga said.
Nsubuga explained that the Congo air mass which brought unexpected rains in February was now blowing towards West Africa.
Additional reporting from: Dr. Jolly Kabirizi (Wakiso), Scovia Polite (Jinja), Mukasa Kivumbi (Buikwe), Patrick Okino (Lira), Peter Byaruhanga (Mbarara), Andrew Wekono (Mukono), Judith Omagor (Mbale), Judith Amusugut (Mbale), Dr. Ogojo Emmanuel (Kumi). Patrick Mugerwa (Wakiso).