Ibadan records first rainfall in 2014


Several areas in Ibadan yesterday (Wednesday) recorded rain showers which lasted for about 30 minutes, the rainfall was the first in the new year.

Also, some parts of Lagos metropolis, on Thursday, witnessed the first rainfall of the year, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported.

NAN also reported that the rain in Lagos, which was not destructive, began around 1.30 p.m and lasted for about an hour.

Some residents in Ikeja area of Lagos told NAN in separate interviews that the rainfall was “a welcome development,” adding that it portended good signs for the New Year.

Mrs Caroline Ojo, a grocery trader at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), said it was a sign of good things to happen this year.

NAN reported that many passengers were stranded at the exit gate of the airport, waiting for the rain to stop.

The rain, it was gathered, did not, however, affect flight operations.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has described the downpour as normal occurrence, especially in coastal towns, including Lagos. The agency said the rain was an indication of harmattan.

NIMET General Manager in charge of Climate Services, Mr Joseph Alozie, who spoke with the Nigerian Tribune exclusively in Lagos, on Thursday, said it was easy for the rain to form when the wind picked moisture from the body of the Atlantic ocean.

According to him, such rain did not indicate commencement of a new rainy season for the year.


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