What is Chiperoni?

Chiperoni: Malawian name for influx of cool moist air from the south east, bringing overcast conditions with drizzle on windward slopes along the Northern lakeshore and in particular to many areas in the South of Malawi. This phenomenon can persist for up to a week but the usual duration is two to three days.

Source: Malawi Meteorological Services

There’s a mountain in Mocambique called Chiperoni. And when the winds blow the clouds over this mountain, the Shire Highlands get chiperoni weather. Sometimes it forces a change in travel plans. The constant drizzle can turn gravel roads into a soap-like mud adventure.

There used to be a blanket factory in Thyolo called Chiperoni. The factory has closed down or moved but the brand name still exists. (update 28.05.07: it seems they are still producing Chiperoni blankets).

Chiperoni is one of my favorite words. I like the sound of it. Chiperoni could also be a spicy chili snack or the name of a hot, new, hi-tech gadget. From Chip + Peperoni.

For now, it’s the new home of my Malawi blog.

5 Replies to “What is Chiperoni?”

  1. October 2013 newspaper article explaining effect of Chiperoni winds on weather in Malawi:

    http://timesmediamw.com/malawis-current-weather-is-due-to-chiperoni-winds/

    Archived at:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiperoni/10754321304/

    “Principal Metrological Prediction Officer at the Department of Climate Change and Metrological Services, Winston Sauti Chimwaza told the Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesday that the current weather comes about when the wind blows over the high southern parts of South Africa.

    “When wind blows over this high south east coast of South Africa, it causes cool and moist easterly winds. This results into cool weather associated with showers or drizzles in lower parts,” said Chimwaza.

    He said in such conditions of weather, there are strong winds over the lake because of the winds that also blow from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean. Chimwaza said the department predicted the current weather on Thursday and Friday last week.”

  2. Hi Alex,
    Yes, I do remember… your site kept us posted on election developments.

    I’ve posted the link.

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    nchenga

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