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Table 1 Growing season rainfall descriptive for lower eastern Kenya. The data is for six weather stations. The rain seasons have been disaggregated into two: March-June and October-January. The wettest and driest seasonal rain is shown. CV and standard deviations have been used to demonstrate rainfall variation in the study area

From: Effects of climate variability on maize yield in the arid and semi arid lands of lower eastern Kenya

Station Wettest season average (mm) Driest season average (mm) Average seasonal rainfall (mm) SD (mm) and CV (%) in brackets
  MAMJ ONDJ MAMJ ONDJ MAMJ ONDJ MAMJ ONDJ
Machakos 538.8 (1990) 821.6 (1997) 55.4 (1984) 149.1 (1998) 273.8 371.0 112.9 (41.2) 190.6 (51.3)
Makindu 472.2 (1981) 1010.6 (1997) 198.0 (1993) 363.8 (2003) 180.6 594.6 91.4 (33.4) 218.1 (58.8)
Mutomo 563.0 (1990) 1182 (1992) 16.0 (1993) 226 (1983) 229.3 601.6 155.8 (56.9) 335.3 (90.4)
Kibwezi 584.9 (1991) 1024.0 (1988) 47.2 (1984) 291.6 (1981) 245.7 461.0 121.4 (44.3) 184.3 (49.7)
Kitui 360.5 (1989) 1029.5 (1997) 59.0 (2000) 166.0 (1998) 194.5 452.8 165.3 (60.4) 227.9 (61.4)
Mwingi 405.0 (1990) 821.8 (2007) 65.0 (1983) 140.3 (1983) 245.7 402.0 97.1 (35.4) 181.0 (48.8)