What is El Niño?

Print, electronic and social media in East Africa have portrayed El Niño as a condition with exceptionally heavy rains, perhaps because of the phenomenal occurrence in 1997/98. However, El Niño is not always associated with heavy rains in East Africa. As a matter of fact, some of the wettest years on record in East Africa (the classic example of which was 1961) were not linked to El Niño!

Panelists from left Ms Stella Aura,P.Ambenje,Mwangi,ICPAC Representative and Dr.NYamai

 The phrase El Niño (pronounced as El Ninyo) literally means “the boy child”, the shortened form for El Niño de Navidad, which means The Boy Child of Christmas. This phrase was coined by fishermen in Latin America who observed that during certain years around Christmas time the fish catch was adversely affected by warm ocean waters, which they associated to spiritual forces.

During El Niño events, a warm ocean current flows off the coast of northern South America in the south-eastern Pacific Ocean. This warm current, which results from weakened surface easterly winds, is often accompanied with decreased upwelling of ocean water and reduced upward transport of plankton that is necessary for the countries’ thriving fish industry. El Niño is a fairly frequent phenomenon with a rate of recurrence of one every three to seven years.

How El Niño Influences Rainfall in East Africa



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Professor Samuel Mukasa a Professor of Geochemistry at University of Hampshire will give a presentation on Combining Science and Engineering with Entrepreneurship to grow the Manufacturing Sector

 

Date: Tuesday, November 10th 2015

Time: 2.30 P.M

Venue: School of Physical Sciences Board Room

 

All are welcome.



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The School of Physical Sciences is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the third issue of their Journal Africa Journal of Physical Sciences (AJPS).



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There  will be a public leacture By Prof. Malo on thursday 15th October2015, that will be held at Millenimum hall 1 at the College of Biological and phusicac ciences. The Lecture is titled:

 

CREATION VS EVOLUTION



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The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is a $500 million, 10-year initiative to educate and prepare young people – particularly from Africa – to lead change and make a positive social impact in their communities.

The Scholars Program provides young people from economically disadvantaged communities who have demonstrated academic talent and leadership potential with access to quality and relevant education.



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Kenya School of Monetary Studies
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