Africa Needs to Know the Weather
"It is a difficult proposition, drafting a weather map for a country that has never seen one."
Weather in East Africa is a myth. Limited access to mass media plus simple and predicable meteorological patterns have conspired to make the climate inherent, social knowledge. December to February of each year is a dry season, as is June to October. The rest of the year is wet. "These patterns have always been reliable, so much so that the burgeoning newspaper industries in Uganda and Kenya did not bother to print even the most cursory of weather maps-until now.Years riddled with misplaced climate disasters-including last year's disastrous floods in the usually dry month of August that displaced thousands in Uganda-have convinced the Daily Monitor, the leading independent newspaper in Uganda, and the Daily Nation, Kenya's paper of record, to revisit the weather map question. I know because they asked me to design the map.
|It is a difficult proposition, drafting a weather map for a country that has never seen one.|