Climate Change

I am interested in learning if other residents have seen a change of climate over the years.
My 15 years in Mahajanga has shown me that the rains are later over the years, the cool weather lasts longer and into Nov and the winds continue into Nov and are stronger than years passed.  The winds keep the rains away.
My wife who is Malagasy has mentioned to me that her father, may he rest in peace, used to mention that the first rains would come Oct 25, and now I see the real serious rains comes at the end of Nov and into Dec.    This creates a later growing season for corn and rice. And fruits such as mangoes are not as sweet until the first few strong rains, and doctors report that eating mangoes can cause stomack problems until these rains do arrive.

Again I am on the west coast so what is happening with Climate change on your side of the island?

What are your observations and those of your Malagasy friends and family?

I know this topic is aimed at your bit of the world, but it's valid everywhere, including Indonesia
Rainy season is all over the place for a starter, and I see a lot bigger problems coming up.

I am familiar with Kuta beach in my travels.  My home town of Santa Barbara Calif where I still have ties for 35 years is under a sharp climate change of very little rain for 5 years in a row. They are ready to start up a de-sal plant, making fresh water from the Ocean and very expensive.  Then when I am in other parts of the USA such as middle  Minnesota  last summer and they had 12 inches of rain in 24 hours, almost a 6 week supply which lead to flooding. 
Madagascar, my new home- is suffering from lack of water here in the West where I am and the wells are having to go further down another 2 meters  to find a small amount of water at this time of year which is just before the rainy season.    I have a well on my land and help the locals with drinking water but at times there is a small water war with some taking water for more than just drinking.   It is a worry for sure.

I tend to agree  with TropicAlex.  I've noticed a change. I have lived in Maroantsetra (NE coast, in the armpit of MDG), for some ten years there. It used to be that, while it is consistently overcast and rainy, there used to be two weeks of sunshine in May and in December, but that has changed. … eId=906024
It snowed in Horombe first time this week. Freak of nature due to climate change ?

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