Rain in the north may be onset of season–Nkomoki
Lusaka, November 05, ZANIS—The Zambia Meteorological Department has disclosed that the rains that have been experienced in Northern, Luapula, Copperbelt and North -Western parts of the country might signify the beginning of the rain season.
Meteorological Director Jacob Nkomoki has however advised that the rains which were experienced in the Southern, Eastern and Western provinces of the country do not symbolise the onset of the rain season in those region.
Mr. Nkomoki said in North-Western, Luapula and Copperbelt provinces, the rains could mean the beginning of the 2014-2015 rain season due the their proximity to the Congo basin which is near to the equator.
He said the rains, which caused havoc on the Copperbelt, Luapula and some parts of North-Western provinces were due to the heat which was formed from the Congo basin and created a storm because of the heavy wind which were generated in the region.
And Mr. Nkomoki has advised farmers from the Southern, Eastern and Western parts of the country to heed to the warning that the sporadic rains which have been experienced in their regions do not indicate the beginning of the rain season.
He however said farmers from the northern parts of the country should begin preparing their fields.
He said this may be the beginning of the rain season because of the areas’ proximity to the Congo moisture air basin which brings early rains.
Mr. Nkomoki said the department will however give an update in regard to the rain pattern for the forthcoming rain season.