31 thoughts on “When it rains in Kisumu, it pours

  1. Nan says:

    Looks a bit wet in your neck of the woods! 😀

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  2. Scottie says:

    Wow, that looks like one of our Florida hurricanes. What were the wind speeds? Do you have trouble with flash flooding? Best wishes. Hugs


    • makagutu says:

      I have not heard of any flash floods in Kisumu though it does get such heavy torrential rains. I couldn’t tell but the wind was blowing so hard I was worried it may lift up the terminal building

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  3. Eric Alagan says:

    That’s a fierce downpour.
    I’m sitting at my window looking out at the thunderstorm. It has been a wet month in Singapore and will continue through to February/March.
    Peace bro,

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  4. Swarn Gill says:

    Since nobody has said it yet…

    “I bless the rains down in Africa!”

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  5. renudepride says:

    Are you a carpenter? If so, start building an ark! If not, order an inflatable raft via amazon.com! 🙂 Naked hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. nannus says:

    I am happy i was not inside that but seeing and hearing it in a film is nice.


  7. Barry says:

    Not that bad Mak. You can see almost 100 metres 🙂

    When I can’t see as far as the other side of the road from our house (about 25 metres) then it’s heavy. I like really heavy rain where it is so loud on the roof that conversation is difficult or impossible. Then I like to stand on our balcony or take a walk. If there’s a gale and/or lightning and thunder, so much the better. The best high there is 🙂

    I looked up the rainfall averages for Kisumu and was disappointed that it was only 1200 mm. As it’s in the tropics, I was expecting a much higher rainfall. If you want to experience real rain, you need to visit Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park in Aotearoa New Zealand. There the annual rainfall is around 8000 mm and in 2016 it reached 9250 mm.


    • makagutu says:

      8000mm of rain is a lot of rain. I don’t think there is anywhere in Kenya that experiences anything close.
      Visibility of 25m, that’s heavy. How do you even drive in such a storm?

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      • Barry says:

        How do you even drive in such a storm? very carefully. Alternatively, you don’t.

        To be honest, I slightly exaggerated. Not about the distance of visibility – that occurs once or twice every year. The weather depicted in the video is quite typical of storms here, and while we would describe it as heavy rain, it’s really nothing exceptional (unless the airport terminal had its roof blown off).

        The worst downpour I ever experienced was one afternoon back in the 1970’s when I was driving back from a job several hours away from home. Suddenly I was hit by what seemed to be a wall of water. It felt like I had driven into a waterfall. I honestly could not see the front of the car, nor the side of the road. Fortunately I was on a straight piece of road with a wide verge. I slowed down as fast as I could, keeping in mind that there was another car not too far behind, until I was going slow enough to safely feel my way off the road and onto the verge and well off the carriageway. I’m not prone to moments of panic, but from the moment I realised I was driving blind, until I had been stopped long enough to know the following car wasn’t going to run into me at high speed, I was terrified not my usual calm self.


        • makagutu says:

          Kisumu being by the lake side receives some heavy downpour. I remember someday I was going to the airport and it started raining and i took close to 15 minutes to cover a distance of less than 2km as I couldn’t see a thing beyond the hood of the car.

          But such blinding rain can be a scare, worse is if it is at night


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