Major H.G. Lyons

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Samler Brown , A and Gordon Brown, G (Editors) South and East African Year Book and Guide for 1920, 26th issue
Page Number: 527

Climate : Conquered East Africa

The remarks on the British East African climate apply in most instances equally well to the former German Colony, both countries running side by side from the East Coast to the great central lakes.

Major H.G. Lyons has contributed much valuable information hereon in the April issue of the "Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society". He divides the country, both from the standpoint of climate and productions into five regions :

(1) The coast belt, 15 to 40 miles wide, characterised by great heat and moisture;

(2) the hilly district of Usumbura in the N.W.;

(3) Mount Kilimanjaro and the adjacent country;

(4) the inland plateau, which is a continuation of the B.E.A. plateau; and

(5) the lake regions.

The coast belt is marked by its limited range of temperature, the mean monthly range being only 5-6 degrees F. The rainfall is heavy, but very uncertain, and the climate trying for Europeans.

Kondeland, N. & N.E. of Lake Nyasa, is spoken of by Sir Alfred Sharpe as a magnificent country, suitable for European settlement.

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