Namibia’s persistent drought - El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO)


A while ago we published a blog entitled “Distant Weather Drums” about the La Niña effect which often results in abundant rain for Namibia. But now the opposite oscillation persists, El Niño and we are ever in the grip of low rainfall and terrible drought in some areas.

El Nino 'warm tongues' crossing oceans

While neither El Niño nor La Niña are an indication of more or less rain, low rainfall on the western side of the African continent is often associated with El Niño conditions. (Sat image above shows the tell-tale 'warm tongues' crossing oceans)

Some rain has fallen, particularly in Damarland which we are looking forward to seeing in its vegetated splendour for a change. But much of the country remains in the grip of drought.