Friday, May 31, 2019
Regional wet-season failure
A new post on the NASA Earth Observatory website reveals the regional extent of precipitation deficit partway through the 2019 long rains. The NASA soil moisture anomaly map for April (above, from MODIS) depicts a large anomaly extending into northern Tanzania. [The Kenya-Tanzania border jogs around the mountain just below the 'KENYA' label on the image above.]
The seasonal snowcover situation on Kilimanjaro is discussed below; the extent did not increase during May.
Included in the EO article are some helpful references detailing the human impact of this developing East Africa drought.