Rain expected to continue until Sunday 09 September 2012
Significant rains continue to fall at various points throughout the country, leading many to believe that this year’s agricultural season is all but assured, at least with regards to pasture for animals, the replenishing of the water table and plentiful quantities of rainwater runoff to fill the country’s reservoirs. The most precipitation was seen in the southern islands – Santiago, Fogo and Brava – while in the north, Santo Antão was the island that saw the most intense showers. The National Meteorology and Geophysics Institute expects the rain to continue at least until Sunday.
According to the National Meteorology and Geophysics Institute (INMG) Pluviometric Bulletin, the most significant precipitation so far this year occurred on September 2 and 3 on Cape Verde’s southern islands. Om Santiago, which continues to be moistened by the rain, the higher-altitude zones were those that benefited most from the showers. Assomada, Pico Leão, Pico Babosa and São João Baptista registered 162, 120, 91 and 68 millimeters of rain, respectively.
The rain has also not yet let up on Fogo. According to INMG data, September 3 saw the largest amount of rainfall there, with 103 mm in Achada Furna, 123 in Ilheu de Contenda, 110 in Inhuco, 165 in Lagariça, 130 in Mira-Mira, 170 in Monte Grande, 107 in Monte Largo, 100 in Patim and 105 in Salto.
Brava also continues to be blessed by the rain, with one of the country’s highest average rainfalls.
On Santo Antão, data from September 3 indicates that the heaviest rains fell in Afonso Martinho, Boca de Coruja, Chã de Arroz, Figueiral de Ribeira Grande and Passagem. The Island was moistened once again on September 4.
It rained over Cape Verde’s other islands as well, with considerable precipitation falling on São Vicente and São Nicolau on September 5, although the exact quantities are unknown. The INMG has forecast “medium to high-intensity rain” on nearly all of the country’s islands, at least until Sunday.