Copious, much-needed rain falls

13 February 2018 | Weather

As Namibians rejoiced over the good rains that were received this past week in most parts of the country, it was especially the farmers that could not help but heave a sigh of relief for the welcome sight.

Rain gauges were overflowing, dams received some inflow, while some rivers were also in flood for the first time this season.

The Swakoppoort, Omatako and Hardap dams all recorded their first inflow after the good rains during the past week.

A massive 3.53 million cubic metres of water was measured for Hardap Dam, pushing the level up from 40.3% to 41.5%.

The Swakoppoort Dam received an inflow of 0.198 million cubic metres and the levels increased from 38.9% to 39.2%.

Also, Omatako had an inflow of 0.709 million cubic metres bringing its current total to 1.6%. Overall, Windhoek's dams are now 33.2% full while the total percentage of all the dams in Namibia stands at 38.8%.

During the weekend at Okahandja, the Okahandja and Swakop rivers flowed strongly. The Omaruru River was also in flood, as well as the Fish River at Mariental and the Diep River in the Khomas Hochland. By Sunday afternoon it was reported that the Fish River was at the Kub Bridge on its way to the Hardap Dam. With more rain predicted for parts of the country for the next 24 hours, more rivers might flood.

Heavy rains were already observed by last week Thursday over the northern, central and southern parts of Namibia. This sustained rainfall continued throughout the weekend over the central and northern parts of Namibia, as well as the south.

Predictions indicated that heavy falls were to continue yesterday over the Hardap and //Karas regions.

According to the Windhoek weather office, today will be partly cloudy and hot in the east, while elsewhere in the country it will be partly cloudy and warm to hot, with a few, isolated thundershowers that can be expected in some parts of Namibia.

Reports of rainfall indicate that 30mm was received at Malthöhe this weekend, at the Hiddendale Farm east of Mariental between 4mm and 11mm was reported throughout the weekend.

In Cimbebasia in Windhoek 22mm was measured on Friday and 13mm on Saturday, and in another suburb of Windhoek, Academia, 12mm was reported with 10mm in Pionierspark. At Heja Lodge 50mm was reported and at Finkenstein outside of Windhoek 32mm was reported.

In the Otjiwarongo area 80mm was received on Saturday while on the Farm Galloway in the Kalkplato 43mm was measured on Saturday. A further 52mm was also measured within hours on the Omburende Farm north of Omitara this weekend. At the Emmerentia Farm near Leonardville 31mm was measured on Friday and another 28mm on Saturday.

At Farm Lovendale in the Mariental area 23 and 30mm was reported.

At Kamanjab 8mm was reported on Saturday and at Mariental 17mm was reported during the weekend. Stampriet received 25mm on Saturday.

At Grootfontein 20mm was recorded and Khorixas also measured about 5mm and further north rain also fell.

ELLANIE SMIT

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