Rain in Namibia, a very important topic for everything existing in this beautiful but harsh country. In Namibia you learn about the importance of water. Without water, nothing can exist! Comparing water or rain with gold is a good way to embrace this as a source that keeps everything alive.
My idea with this post is to show you that Namibia also have a “green” side to it. This is the time of the year when we have less visitors in Namibia. Namibia has this image connected to it for being a desert, which is in my opinion not exactly correct.
… and when it rains, we all dance to the drops, this is when we know that life can continue with new enthusiasm. This is the yearly cycle that everyone in Namibia experience.
When does it rain in Namibia, if it rains?
January is normally the most possible time of the year for good rainfall. The raining season is lately not that predictable and it moves around more than ever before. It could start in November and it could rain until May. It comes and go… This is our summer season, let’s say from November until March (not officially, but it is the hottest time of the year). Under normal circumstances, Namibia receives about 100mm up to 500mm of rain per year. Below is an explanation of how rain in “mm” is approximately calculated.
Due to the complete contrasts of environments in Namibia, rainfall varies throughout Namibia.
Namibia is called the land of contrast for the reason of having different areas, environments or regions. We have a large desert area, semi arid, savannah bushveld, the rocky-sandy Kaokoland, mountainous Khomas Highland and the rich Caprivi area with several rivers system connecting each other. Meaning that it is different in terms of rains all over in Namibia.
I found a very cool App called meteoblue which has a very good forecast system, wind map and satellite map. You will see certain patterns explain the rainfall system regarding the certain regions. When studying the wind curculations, you can clearly see the influence mountain ranges and the cold sea currents from the west coast of Namibia does in affecting the cloud building etc.
What does 10 mm rain means? Google says the following:
“10 mm rainfall means that if rainfall fell on a flat land surface , with no slope, no evaporation, and no percolation of water I.e. water does not go underground, then the amount of rainfall would be 10 mm measured from the ground.”
How do you want Namibia to be?
Unfortunately in most pictures over social media, you see the beautiful yellow and brown tones of Namibia, dry and sandy. You visiting Namibia, is more interested in seeing the yellow-brown tones of Africa. I like it too, but Namibia is not only a desert! It is of utmost importance to have a balanced eco system for all wildlife roaming these different areas to benefit from a good rainfall. This is a new topic which is very complex, but without rain, these ecosystems will die and become a true desert which should not be anyones goal. I therefore want to offer you some picture of the “green” Namibia which I hope you can appreciate.
The vegetation in each region adapts to the rainfall it receives. Plants in the south needs much less water than from the north of Namibia.
Here are some more pictures from the past throughout the green and wet years in Namibia:
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Your Kremena Staneva