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Analysis of Start, End and Length of the Rainfall Season Seasons for Mbeya, Southwestern Highland in Tanzania

Version 1 : Received: 2 July 2018 / Approved: 5 July 2018 / Online: 5 July 2018 (16:26:39 CEST)

How to cite: Kimambo, O.; Ndeto, E.L.. Analysis of Start, End and Length of the Rainfall Season Seasons for Mbeya, Southwestern Highland in Tanzania. Preprints 2018, 2018070102 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0102.v1). Kimambo, O.; Ndeto, E.L.. Analysis of Start, End and Length of the Rainfall Season Seasons for Mbeya, Southwestern Highland in Tanzania. Preprints 2018, 2018070102 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0102.v1).

Abstract

Tanzania like any other developing countries is depending on uncertain rainfall for their subsistence and commercial agriculture. In this paper the start and end of rains for Mbeya Meteorological Station in Tanzania Mainland was analyzed and critically examined. Data were kindly given by Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) during face to face Statistics in Applied Climatology (fSIAC) workshop which was held at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) the year 2013 prior to online Course on Statistics in Applied climatology (eSIAC). In this study data were analyzed using Instat (for windows version 3.3.7) package developed by the Statistical Services Centre of the University of Reading. The analysis showed that much of rains start early December all the way to May. There is also 50 percent chance of having below and above the mean for both total annual rainfall and number of rains, in other word one in two years the total rains are below means likewise the number of rain days.

Subject Areas

Start, End, Length, Season, Rains, Agriculture

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