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As part of the present study, the feasibility of extending these records using the same methodology was investigated based on raingauge records obtained from more recent studies (e.g., IFAD 2001) and from the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services in Malawi. However, this proved not to be possible; for example, for the climate index series only five of the ten gauges used in the original study appeared to have more recent data and of those records were only available for two gauges before the 1950s, Nkhota Kota and Mzimba (Table 3).

Table 3

Summary of raingauge records used in the analyses

NameClimate zoneApproximate elevation (m)Period selectedApproximate mean annual rainfall (mm)Description
Kasungu Boma Plateau 1,036 1925–2009 800 Moved to Kasungu airport in 1983 
Mzimba Plateau 1,350 1933–2009 870 Long established gauge in a plateau region to the west of Lake Malawi 
Nkhota Kota Lakeshore 500 1922–2009 1,500 Long established gauge near the lakeshore in the northwest part of the lake 
NameClimate zoneApproximate elevation (m)Period selectedApproximate mean annual rainfall (mm)Description
Kasungu Boma Plateau 1,036 1925–2009 800 Moved to Kasungu airport in 1983 
Mzimba Plateau 1,350 1933–2009 870 Long established gauge in a plateau region to the west of Lake Malawi 
Nkhota Kota Lakeshore 500 1922–2009 1,500 Long established gauge near the lakeshore in the northwest part of the lake 

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