More Flooding in Malawi to Close January
Heavy rains continue to bear down on the central and southern regions of Malawi from 27 January 2016. The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development issued a warning to the general public before the rains came, stating that there was a likelihood of flooding in low lying flood prone zones.
On 27 January, Earth Networks’ Total Lightning Network detected various storm cells throughout the central region of Malawi over Lake Malawi. The green, yellow, orange, and red circles represent the different storm cells. The purple polygons represent Earth Networks’ Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts. DTA’s provide the most advanced alerting to severe weather by tracking both in-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.
The epicenter of the activity was near Kasankha Bay. As you can see from the video above, the storm cells moved north to Lake Malawi.
A Look Back
Malawi is still trying to recover from the severe flooding they experience near the end of January 2015. The region experience heavy, sustained rainfall from December 2014-January 2015 that caused rivers and lakes to overflow and affected over a quarter of 1 million people. There was even a day during this time period where Malawi received a month’s worth of rain in just one day.