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2009 (Vol. 1, Issue: 2)
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Profile of Rainfall Change and Variability in the Northern Nigeria, 1953-2002.

O.F. Ati, C.J. Stigter, E.O. Iguisi and J.O. Afolayan
Corresponding Author:  Ojonigu Friday Ati 

Key words:  Rainfall, change, variability, agriculture, irrigation, running-mean,
Vol. 1 , (2): Page No: 58-63
Submitted Accepted Published
2009 August, 24 2009 Sept., 24

Rainfall data spanning a period of 50 years (1953-2002) for 9 stations in northern N igeria were used to determine the trend in annual rainfall for the region. 5-year running mean was calculated for annual rainfall for the selected stations. The decadal means were compared with the long-term mean. Evidence from the nine stations considered shows that there is significant increase in annual rainfall amount in the last decade of the study. It means, therefore, that we are experiencing wetter conditions in the sudano-sahelian zone of Nigeria. Increasing annual rainfall totals portend both good and ill. Good, because there is improvement in water supply to an otherwise marginal area. Ill, because flooding, dam collapse as a result of excessive rainfall on an impervious terrain could lead to damage to life and property.
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O.F. Ati, C.J. Stigter, E.O. Iguisi and J.O. Afolayan, 2009. Profile of Rainfall Change and Variability in the Northern Nigeria, 1953-2002..  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 1(2): Page No: 58-63.
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