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The weather is confused

Weather Observations: Nigeria
Photo: The towers of Kajuru Castle just visible through Harmattan haze, nestled amongst the inselbergs.

Jan 28, 2007
The weather is confused - The harmattan haze is blowing across Nigeria in an UNUSUAL manner. There were hardly traces of harmattan in many areas from October to January which were supposed to be the season of harmattan. The type and current level of hammattan being experienced in Lagos is probably the first in seventeen years. In the last two decades, it has become unusual to have the type of harmattan currently being experienced in the south. The carrying of the Sahara dust haze during this season now appears to be unusual. Experts believe that the sea is eroding the shoreline 10 times faster than before. It is believed that more flooding will take place in places such as Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki. Already, some parts of Niger Delta are at risk and Nigeria has even lost some oil rigs to coastal erosion. Experts have predicted that some parts of Lagos might be swept off due to sea level rise. Lagos is below the sea level and very vulnerable to the impact of climate change. The United Nations Environment Programme hinted that the average sea level has globally risen by 10 to 20cm in the past 100 years.
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