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Winds of Change

Bali Weather Forecasters Warn that Change of Season May Brings Destructive Wind Storms

(10/28/2012) The Denpasar Meteorology and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) is warning local citizens that the imminent change of season heralding the start of Bali's rainy season is likely to bring localized whirlwinds or “mini-tornadoes” capable of inflicting destruction on local homes and businesses.

These mini-tornadoes – known locally as “puting beliung,” descend rapidly from cumulus nimbus cloud formations removing rooftops and leveling local building not constructed to withstand such strong winds in the process.

Experts blame the creation the “puting beliung” weather phenomenon on easterly winds interacting with especially high temperatures creating windstorms in which the velocity of the winds can be as high as 20-30 knots.

The rainy season in Denpasar is forecasted to begin in the second half of October.