07 August 2016

Rain, rain, rain

The Meteorology, Climate, and Geophysics Agency (BKMG) is warning that the La Nina weather phenomenon affecting weather in much of Indonesia will persist through the end of 2016. The chief of the data and information section of the BMKG in Bali said that La Nina is predicted to be felt to a moderate degree from July until December 2016. The global weather phenomenon will bring streams of moist air from the Pacific to Bali and the rest of Indonesia. Water temperatures in the waters surrounding Indonesia are warmer than usual, contributing further to the production of rain clouds through the process of convection. This largely explains the continuing heavy rains in Bali and other parts of Indonesia, even during what is traditionally the  “dry” season of May to November. La Nina as a weather phenomenon produces rain, while El Nino results in drier than normal conditions. BMKG is warning the public to be aware of the effects of the current unseasonal heavy rains that are causing landslides, flash flooding and can create both havoc and new opportunities on the agricultural cycle.

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