In a statement released on Monday, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) addressed the recent rain and thunderstorms reported in some states during November, attributing the weather phenomena to climate variability influenced by natural and atmospheric conditions.
NiMET clarified that the rainy season in northern Nigeria for the year 2023 has concluded, aligning with earlier predictions. The agency explained that the rain and thunderstorms experienced on Saturday, November 25th, and Sunday, November 26th, were a result of cloud build-up over the Northwestern and North Central parts of the country, including Plateau State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
While acknowledging the fluctuations in weather patterns based on temporary modulators, NiMET emphasized that these recent events do not alter the overall prediction for the season.
The Meteorological Agency further elaborated that the moisture influx and high energy in the atmosphere led to condensation and cloud formation. Importantly, NiMET highlighted that such weather occurrences are not exclusive to Nigeria and are part of natural climatic processes.
In its observations, NiMET drew attention to the impact of human activities on climate, specifically citing the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation as contributors to increased greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. The statement emphasized that this enhanced greenhouse effect is a significant driver of climate change, influencing variations in Earth’s climate.
As NiMET continues to monitor and analyze weather patterns, the agency urged the public to stay informed about climate-related developments and emphasized the importance of understanding the role of natural and human-induced factors in shaping weather conditions.