Simple Method for Seasonal Classification and Characterizing Drought Occurrence 1989

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1989
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National Agricultural Laboratories
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Rainfall is one of the aspects of climate that is extremely variable particularly in the East African Lake Basin where topographic features produce notable sources of variation. Despite this however, seasonality of rainfall is more pronounced only at certain times of the year. An attempt is made here to establish the nature of these rainfall patterns over the Lake Basin of Kenya. Results show that there are three areas to which the patterns can be classified based on the time of onset of rainfall during the year. Seasons classified in this way show significant correlation with relief aspects. The latter accounts for up to 40% of the observed variations.
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