Winners of the #weatherchallenge

Winners of the #weatherchallenge

aWhere received many submissions to our recent #weatherchallenge and we are ready to announce the top three winners! The weather challenge asked our users to identify an extreme trend using our Climate Charts app in the adaptER Platform and tell us how this will impact farmers and others living in that location. Congratulations to our 3 top finishers!

First Place Winner: Kimaita Bundi, Kenya

Thank you very much, am very happy to win this challenge and I look forward to keeping using the aWhere tool to disseminate weather information to our stakeholders. First I am the incoming County Director of meteorology Makueni County. Wote is the headquarter of Makueni. Most of Makueni county is classified as arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) so it will be interesting to do more studies on rainfall since our trend analysis indicates the rains have been increasing for the past few years.

Kimaita’s winning chart is below.

Second Place Winner: Peter Wambugu, Kenya

For the location  of interest in my aWhere challenge presentation  the  coefficient of variation (CV) for precipitation  being above 30 %  in all the locations and precipitation over potential  evapotranspiration (P/PET)  also being above 30 % the charts show how variable the rainfall has been in these locations particularly in 2016 for the period of October to December and in 2018 and 2019  for the period March to May. Weather variability makes it difficult for farmers to plan farm operations because it is difficult to predict how the weather will behave. It’s therefore worthy to note that Weather data can be used to generate actionable insights and therefore improve food security.

Third Place Winner: Ronah Nyiraneza, Uganda

Changes in climate has caused global impacts and challenges on both natural and human settlement systems all over the world. These challenges have continued to expose the world into extreme dangers of droughts, floods, pests and diseases leading to poverty, hunger and food insecurity. But the situation is manageable if we all work together to achieve meaningful strategies that can be adopted to address the situations by accessing meaningful weather data through aWhere adaptER platform. If we all access the weather data, collectively we shall address the agricultural  climate related challenges by making right decisions, at the right time.

Let:s end hunger by accessing aWhere weather data through the adaptER platform and make the right decisions on weekly basis, monthly and annually.

Thank you everyone who submitted a chart to this challenge. We are impressed by the number of African colleagues who shared stories of how weather variability has impacted farmers in their countries. We know weather variability due to climate change is global and hope to see more submissions from Asia, South America and more next time!

We will be holding another challenge leading up to Earth Day. Stay tuned for your chance to win cash prizes and aWhere data subscriptions!