Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


NiMet explains dust spell

04 April 2015, 09:36Sumaila Ogbaje

Abuja - The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) said the dust spell over the country on April 1 followed strong winds over the desert that raised a lot of particles.

The explanation is contained in a statement issued by NiMet’s Public Relations Unit and National Weather Forecasting and Climate Research Centre on Friday in Abuja.

The statement further explained that the particles were subsequently transported by the dry North-easterly winds into the country on April 1.

It stated that NiMet had presented the dust forecast on January 7, and informed the public of possibility of dust outbreak that would affect parts of the country.

The statement recalled that the outbreak was predicted to last through April when the North-easterly winds would still be dominant over the northern region.

It also recalled that on March 27 the High Pressure system over the Sahara desert began to strengthen from 1034hpa to 1038hpa, as then mid-latitude trough passed over the area.

Also read: Road users urged to comply as rain sets in

"Two days later, the value reached a very significant threshold of 1038hpa resulting in very strong winds of 40 - 45Knots (72 - 80Km/hr) over the region.

"This resulting strong winds over the desert raised a lot of dust particles from the source regions which was subsequently transported by the dry North-easterly winds into the country.

"The already airborne dust particles affected the northern and the central states of the country on April 1, reducing visibility to as low as 200 metres in Maiduguri and 800 metres in Gombe," it said.

According to the statement, the observed high pressure cell over the source region is weakening, but the winds are still very strong over the area.

It stated that the fresh dust plume that occurred on Thursday morning was expected as a result of the persistent strong winds.

The statement warned that the new dust episode was expected to further reduce visibility in the North-eastern states.

"As the pressure system continue to weaken in the coming days, and the moisture laden South-westerly winds from the ocean continue to advance inland, the dust particles will begin to clear.

"The visibility will also improve progressively northwards in the coming days.

"This development will not affect flight operations adversely because the atmosphere is already having enough moisture to cause the raised particles to fall off the atmosphere early leading to improved visibility," it said. 


Tags nimet nigeria

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...