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.