F.C.T Abuja records first rainfall in 2017


The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja recorded its first rain on Monday. The evening rain was recorded in parts of the metropolis, Daily Trust reports.

A worker in Utako district of the city said he thought it was going to be a heavy downpour when he was leaving office around 7:30pm.

“It was really cloudy and before I walked few metres from my office, I felt some droplets of rain on my face. The  sweet smell of earth when rain drops on it for the first time confirms what I thought I felt on my face. It actually dropped,” he said.

Some residents however said the rain did not fall in their areas.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) Monday’s rain is not the beginning of the 2017 rainfall season.

The Head, Corporate Affairs, NiMet, Mrs. Eva Azinge, said preliminary analysis suggests the raining season should set in sometime in the second week of March.

She however said she doesn’t have the technical details and directed our correspondent to Mr. Joe Alozie, the General Manager, Corporate Services, NiMet.

Mr. Alozie however declined to speak on the technical details saying he wasn’t officially directed to provide information on the matter.

Also speaking, a weather and climate consultant and  former NIMET’s Director of Weather Forecasting Services, Dr. Ifeanyi Nnodu, said the rain shower witnessed on Monday was not unusual.
“At this time of the year there could be what we call some little disturbance. If the moisture/wind from the south is hooked upwards but is not usually sustainable you will just have a little shower then it will go back,” he said.


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