Journal of Climatology & Weather Forecasting

ISSN - 2332-2594

Sebastian N. Runguma

Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya

  • Research Article   
    Documentary Driven Chronologies Of Rainfall Variability for Kenya, 1845-1976
    Author(s): Telesia M. Mutua* and Sebastian N. Runguma

    The study presents the first extensive reconstruction of rainfall variability for Kenya using documentary evidence. The study used over 10,345 documentary sources to review the rainfall changes witnessed in Kenya from 1845-1976. Different published and unpublished sources including the missionary records, settlers’ diaries, explorers’ journals, governmental reports were consulted. Based on the meteorological observations for the country, the rainy years were assigned the following indices: very wet, relatively wet, normal, dry and very dry. The results shows chronologies of significant dry phases identified in the years 1849/50/51, 1868, 1875/76, 1879, 1883, 1888, 1897, and 1899, 1918/19, 1928, 1934/35, 1944, 1972 and 1975, while wet episodes occurred in 1878, 1899, 1905, 1912, 1916, 1922, and 1929 and 1961. The evidences for the major dry and wet spel.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2332-2594.2020.8.255

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