Flames

Floods and fires in Africa

3 February 2004 00:00 UTC

Flames
Flames

Floods over Eastern Angola, Western Zambia and Northern Namibia, and fires over Central Africa in February 2004.

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24 May 2022

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02 February 2004

Man-made fires are very common in Africa during the dry season. This can be seen from the diurnal variation of the number of fires (many fires during the day, very few at night). In July–August, most of the fires occur in the Angola/Zaire regions. In January–February, the fires can be observed in the Sahel area. In this case, MSG observed severe convection over Central Africa and numerous fires just a few hundred kilometres further to the north.

Between 1 and 10 February 2004, after days of torrential rainfall, large parts of eastern Angola, western Zambia and northern Namibia were flooded (Okovango river, Zambezi and tributaries, Cuando river). In total, an area of about 600,000 square kilometers was affected by the floods. On 6 February 2004, floods inundated crops in Kavango and Caprivi regions in Namibia. The Okavango river reached its highest levels in a decade.

Figure 1: Meteosat-7 Visible, 3 February 2004, 11:30 UTC
Figure 1: Meteosat-7 Visible, 3 February 2004, 11:30 UTC
Figure 2: Meteosat-8 RGB Composite HRV, VIS0.8, 3 February 2004, 11:30 UTC
Figure 2: Meteosat-8 RGB Composite HRV, VIS0.8, 3 February 2004, 11:30 UTC
Figure 3: Meteosat-7 Visible, 3 February 2004, 11:30 UTC
Figure 3: Meteosat-8 RGB Composite NIR1.6, VIS0.8, VIS0.6, 03 February 2004, 11:30 UTC
Figure 4: Meteosat-8 RGB Composite IR3.9r, NIR1.6, 3 February 2004, 11:30 UTC
Figure 4: Meteosat-8 RGB Composite IR3.9r, NIR1.6, VIS0.6, 3 February 2004, 11:30 UTC