Climate change sweeps over African nation of Namibia with devastating results

May 12, 2011NAMIBIA – The waters of the raging floods in North-Central and North-Eastern Namibia might have subsided drastically over the last couple of weeks, but it would seemingly take more to restore the lives of an about 220,000 people estimated to have been affected by the floods. According to the United Nation’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Namibia, Kari Egge, the figure is based on the assumption that about 15 per cent of residents of the country’s seven flood hit regions would carry the consequences of the disaster. The floods resulted in the loss of lives and severe damage to properties and infrastructure; led to the closure of school and clinics, and disrupted the daily routines of those it affected. Over 100,000 learners in 324 schools were affected by flooding, of which 163 were closed, and 22 health clinics were either submerged or completely surrounded by water. The fact that the areas prone to the annual flooding hosts more than half of Namibia’s total population did not ease the burden on government. –African Review

In early May 2011, more rain fell in one day in parts of Namibia and South Africa than typically falls in an entire year. For several months, unusually heavy and persistent rains have soaked southern and western Africa and filled a few river basins that have been quiescent for years. The latest storm moistened arid desert regions. The photo depicts what is likely a “shelf cloud” associated with a high precipitation super-cell thunderstorm. The clouds are pulled nearly to ground level by extremely strong downdrafts. As large amounts of rain fall, and larger and heavier rain droplets pull the air down with them. As the cold, wet air reaches the desert floor, it makes a wedge of condensed water. The curl at the bottom occurs because the down-drafting winds hit the Earth’s surface and have to spread out. The bullseye precipitation pattern depicted in the top image occurs because these storms are short-lived and dump large amounts of rain very quickly in one area. –NASA
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6 Responses to Climate change sweeps over African nation of Namibia with devastating results

  1. Nymphaea says:

    I visit your site often because I find it so informative. Very few sites bring all of the anomalies together like you do. I am left wondering after reading about the heavy precipitation in different parts of the world, why everyone assumes these are purely natural events. How do we know that human intervention in the form of cloud seeding is not responsible for many of the floods? I live in a place where cloud seeding is carried out periodically because the corporate entity that provides hydro-electric power tries to ensure that the precipitation is high enough for them to turn a profit. It is not an exact science and I wonder if countries like Namibia receive “expertise” from agencies that fund projects that claim to increase food production through “better” water supplies and they end up shifting the equilibrium and causing floods instead. It seems to me that many areas that had droughts are now having floods. The other curious thing is, many flood affected places used to be the food bowls of those countries and the production of food for that year is particularly affected. Shortly after the event we find policy makers talking about GM crops replacing traditional crops. I find myself wondering if this whole thing is by design – controlling the food to control the people!

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    • Thanks Nymphaea. It sounds like a breakdown of the uniform climate conditions as we have known them. The world’s bread baskets are in drought and the deserts, where nothing grows, is being flooded with freak rain storms. “The wilderness and the solitary places shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose…and the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land, springs of water.” Isaiah 35:1, 7. If that is indeed happening- they didn’t think of it first. Maybe this is the overturning of nature as the Hopi elders warned us. Don’t touch that dial! Stranger things are sure to come.

      peace and blessings,
      Alvin

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  2. APAK says:

    I would feel suffocated in that cloud!! Would it be possible for a cloud that low to produce lightning??

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    • Under normal atmospheric conditions, the potential for lightning strikes is said to increase with altitude at the rate of about 30 volts per foot (100 V/m). The electrical conductivity of the atmosphere increases exponentially with altitude. The amplitudes of the electric and magnetic components depend on season, latitude, and height above the sea level. The greater the altitude, the more atmospheric electricity abounds. Though there have been lower atmospheric plasma lightning phenomena, similar to what is known as St. Elmo’s Fire.

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  3. Great article. was wondering where you got that aerial photo from? Looking to use it and need the source for permission.

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