The Directorate of Finance and Administration through the Human Resources Unit of UNMA planned an orientation workshop for Staff from 15th to 16th October, 2015 at Jinja Hotel and Tourism Training Institute. The participants included all the Senior Managers, Officers and Assistants in Kampala and Entebbe.
The main objectives of the orientation activity were threefold;
(i)   To induct the staff into the Uganda National Meteorological Authority. 
(ii)  To orient staff on change management since the transition from Department of Meteorology into Uganda National Meteorological Authority.
(iii) To administer the Oath of Secrecy.

The 2015 second major rainfall season in Uganda has an increased likelihood of near normal to above normal rainfall over most areas in the country. It was observed that the major physical conditions that are likely to influence the evolution of these weather conditions include the Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomalies over the tropical oceans and their implications on rainfall bearing mechanisms including;

  • The phase and strength of Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) mode, which is currently in warming phase,
  • Likely impacts of El Nino over equatorial eastern pacific Ocean that is predicted to persist during the rest of the 2015 and early months of 2016,
  • Sea Surface temperature anomalies over the Atlantic ocean, and
  • The influence of these ocean processes will be modulated by regional circulation systems such as regional monsoonal winds, topographical features and large inland water bodies.

This analysis was considered during the 41st Climate Outlook Forum (COF41) for the Greater Horn of Africa that was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 24th to 26th August 2015. Read more:

On Monday afternoon, 31st August 2015 in Lakerekere village, Palabek- Gem Sub-county in Lamwo District - Northern Uganda, lightning struck and killed three people and injured two others.

In a similar incident, on the evening of Tuesday, 1st September 2015 during a light rain episode, lightning struck at a football match between Kere and Kwosir villages in Kwosir Sub-county. The match was held at Kere Primary School grounds, Kween District in Eastern Uganda. Seven people were killed, six others were injured and are admitted in hospital while a survivors’ right side of the body was paralyzed. Chemwania village was also struck with lightning, killing three residents who were on their way back home and another severely injured.

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The European Meteorological Society (EMS) offers a number of Awards annually, among them are the EMS TV Weather Forecast Award. Alongside the Awards, the EMS can occasionally present an Honorable Mention of excellent TV Weather Broadcasts. For the 2015 EMS TV Weather Forecast Award competitions, Kenyena Mollen from UNMA was one of the three Weather Presenters that were selected to receive an Honorable Mention. UNMA presents daily weather forecasts during the News Bulletins on UBC (Uganda Broadcasting Corporation) and Star TV in English and Luganda, where Kenyena Mollen is one of the English weather presenters.

The other two Weather Presenters that received an Honorable Mention were Monica Lopez (Television Española – from Spain) and Denislava Banova (Nova Broadcasting Group – from Bulgaria). The TV Weather Forecast Award 2015 went to Martín Barreiro (from Spain) which will be presented to him at the Awards Session on Tuesday, 08 September 2015.

19 video clips of TV weather forecasts were submitted for the Award competitions with ten of the entries from countries outside Europe. For more details about the EMS TV Weather Forecast Award 2015 news visit  

Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) held a stakeholder’s workshop at Ridar Hotel in Mukono that provided an opportunity for both UNMA and stakeholders to come together and discuss the role of the weather and climate as well as partnership status and what is expected of both parties. The invited participants included policymakers, development partners, users of information and products, those engaged in monitoring weather and climate information, researchers and academics. See:  UNMA Stakeholders Workshop

Supported by the GIZ/USAID PROJECT:
Strengthening Meteorological Products, Services and Use in the Agriculture and Water Sectors.