Mahajanga weather journal for Nov 2018 thru May 2019

Oct 2018 has been cool, dry and comfortable and a bit on the windy side ( 12 to 18 knots) at some time during the day with temps around  21 C to 34 C -----70 F to 95 F  but not bad because of the cool dry winds, so not much in the way of humidity. Oct did have one strong rainy night around middle Oct   for about three hours  that dropped about 3 inches of rain, other than that it has been dry, not even a sprinkle.    Nov usually starts the wet season, sometime during the month and could stretch into Dec.  for when the rains begin on a more regular schedule, perhaps a cyclone from the,Mozambique   or one that drifts over the mountains from the northeast.

This is a good time to get the house painting done, varnish the wood windows and furniture and buy charcoal before the wood becomes wet and the prices go up.

Nov 2 2018, had some showers that were light and barely cleaned the dust off the leaves.

Rain is important here in Mahajanga to fill up the wells in the bush community which are dry at this time. At my school we have a extra deep well that helps with the neighbors to get some water for drink and cook but not for anything else.
Also a good rain helps with the sweetening of the local fruits. If you eat fruit that is not sweetened by rain then you could have stomach pains, I have been there and done that and felt that.   

Here is a fun and interesting and informative site to see the weather all over Madagascar.
https://www.ventusky.com/

I hope others will contribute to this thread from here in Mahajanga or any where else  on the island, especially as we enter cyclone season.

Cyclone season 2018-2019
Tropical storms and cyclones names for the 2018-2019 season in the South-West Indian Ocean

ALCIDE (FRANCE)    BOUCHRA (COMORES)    CILIDA (MADAGASCAR)
DESMOND (SOUTH AFRICA)    EKETSANG (LESOTHO)    FUNANI (SWAZILAND)
GELENA (TANZANIA)    HALEH (MAURITIUS)    IDAI (ZIMBABWE)
JOANINHA (MOZAMBIQUE)    KENNETH (SEYCHELLES)    LORNA (KENYA)
MAIPELO (BOTSWANA)    NJAZI (MALAWI)    OSCAR (FRANCE)

There is a Tropical storm tracking north east of Madagascar that will be a named cyclone on Thursday Nov 8 2018 called Alcide.   

Here is the Trajectory according to https://www.mtotec.com/page-trajectory

Checking back in to report that Mahajanga is quiet with the very small cyclone Alcide moving off of northern Madagascar to the mainland Africa.  We have had a couple of nights of rain that may have added up to one tenth of an inch, may be more for two nights.  Around midnight for a short rain, some were heavy thick drops of rain.  nice to keep the plants watered.  There  are further reports of maybe some rain in the night for a short while now and then but nothing to amount to much.  Just enough to keep the air fresh, hmmmm
It is expected that it will be quiet for the next ten days or so and you can see this by checking out this site.   http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/p … h_full.png

There is another cyclone/tropical storm that is struggling to stay alive called
04S. Bouchra off the coast of Indonesia on the other end of the Indian Ocean.
I can't remember the last time a cyclone that far reaching  Madagascar. Those Cyclones usually go south to die out without even reaching La Reunion or Mauritius to the east of Madagascar.

Temps now in the following days will be about 31 to 34C about 88 to 93F &  night time around 24C or 75F

It is fairly commfortable , especially if you can get a breeze from the Mozambique channel which I can. Center town can be hotter with little moving air.   

I see that the east coast of Madagascar has been getting some rain, how much not sure but what I am thinking of is that this is now Lychee season and the rains will make the fruit sweet when it arrives in Mahajanga  next week.  The first shipment came last week but it has been from my experience  just semi sweet and picked to early. I will buy next week.   And as in the past a full basket of 20-22 lbs of the truck, for about $5-$7. 
As always Malagasy get the lower price and Vasaha get the higher price unless you know what you are doing, have experience and speak Malagasy.   

Enjoy Paradise while all is calm.

All is calm in Mahajanga, however this is the time of year that the temps rise and is about 90 degrees F ( 31 C ) and more in day  but the with the humidity and dew point on the rise, it can start to feel around 100 degrees F. ( 39 C ) or more.

We are having rains every 2nd or 3rd  night or early morning for 2 to three hours. A down burst, some thunder and lightning near or far,  then some light showers and in all this gives about 1/4  inch.

It is cool in the morning from the rains but the air becomes thick from the rain that is sitting in pools around as the ground has become close to saturated. The rains are now coming from the east over the hot land to the cooler waters off the coast and giving us some rains.    The garden is green and the tropics is alive and with new fast growth. The fruit is extra sweet, and larger and full of water the tilapia fish is larger, the crabs are also more abundant, the wells are filling up so more free water rather go to the city pump.
And, the mosquitoes are more abundant from dusk to dawn- not so much in the daylight

The winds will change over the Mozambique  and flow more towards Madagascar at this time of year and bringing more rains on a regular basis day and/or night till we get to a point that there will be rain day and night off and on for 10 days in a row at some point in this monsoon season and may not even see much of the sun at this time either.
 
This is also the time perhaps a cyclone can come alive in the Mozambique Channel though is usually starts in the east and crosses the Island and comes back to life in the warm waters of the Mozambique and the winds pull and push it back to Madagascar .   

Starting next week  I will collect water straight from the sky ( not run off from the roof) for the best tasting drinking water I have ever tasted.
Other water collected from the roof into containers is used for for everything else.

Still at this time  as of  Dec 7 2018 ,all is calm but hot and  feels hotter as the day progresses .  I also don't see much in the way of any changes over the two two weeks as we close in on Christmas.   

Here is a site to look at to see the clouds around Mahajanga and the darker clouds represent rain. you can see from this that the clouds form  in patches coming from inland.

http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/africa_w … hotos.html

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