MARINE METEOROLOGICAL BULLETIN|4TH QUARTER 2012
MARINE METEOROLOGICAL BULLETIN
The ITD moved southward from its average position in the previous month. It fluctuated within latitudes 14.8°N and 13.1°N with average latitudinal position of 14.0°N. On the 850hPa chart, the wind flow was mainly Southwesterly with average speed of 5 - 10kts occasionally 20kts over the coast. The mean coastal maximum temperature in Calabar and Eket area were 30.9°C and 28.4°C respectively. The average Sea Surface Temperature for Calabar and Eket areas were 27.5°C and 26.9°C respectively. The coastal Mean Sea Level Pressure (MSLP) had an average value of 1010hPa while the St. Helena’s high pressure centre ranged from 1020hPa to 1036hPa with an average value of 1028hPa. The month of October experienced stormy weather with flooding in the South West and South Eastern corner of the country, thunderstorms were experienced in a number of places. Early morning mist and fog occurred in the South West and Eastern axes reducing the visibility in the morning period. The adverse weather wreaked havoc in most parts of the coastal areas namely Lagos, Eket and Calabar. Rainfall amount recorded in Lagos, Calabar and Eket areas were 229.0mm, 410.4mm and 318.0mm respectively. Guardian paper of 9/10/2012 reported that floods submerged a number of communities in Delta, Anambra and Rivers states.