BASED on the prevalent condition of making this Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP), rainfall pattern will not be different from the experience of last year, Director General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Dr. Anuforom has warned. Anuforom identified states such as Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara and other surrounding states as top on the priority list, adding that there will be lower amount of rainfall especially for the South West compared to the devastating flood of 2012.
The DG disclosed this during the 2013 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) organised by the agency at the weekend in Abuja. Anuforom said: “The summary is that based on the conditions that are prevalent at the time of making the prediction, we are predicting that the rainfall pattern in 2013 will not be different, very different or significantly different from what we saw in 2012. “However, some areas, especially in the western flank of the country covering Sokoto State, and Kebbi States part of Kwara State, part of Niger State are likely to have higher rainfall than last year. However, some other areas, particularly from the South Western part of the country may witness slightly lower amount of rainfall.”
Speaking on the anticipated measure of rain, the DG said the North-Eastern states may experience huge amount of rainfall amounting to about 420 millimetres within 120 days, while the South should expect 2,900 millimetres of rain within 290 days.