Stormy Weather

BKMG warns to Expect Heavy Rains in Bali Through 18 March

The Agency for Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics (BKMG) is warning that sections including and surrounding the Islands of Java and Bali may suffer heavy precipitation due to Madden-Julian Oscillations.

Unlike the stationery weather patterns generated by El Nino – Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the Madden-Julian Oscillation is a traveling weather pattern that moves to the east at 14 to 29 kilometers per hour moving over warmer parts of the Indian and Pacific oceans. The weather phenomenon is characterized by very high rates of rainfall followed by an extended dry period. This weather condition normally lasts 30-60 days and is alternatively know as an intraseasonal oscillation, 30-to-60-day oscillation, or the 30-to-60-day wave.

As reported by, the Bali BMKG is warning Bali and South Java residents to expect heavy rains, lightning storms, and severe wind until 18 March 2019.

Heavy rains have already descended on wide areas of Java flooding many villages even newly opened toll roads. The widespread areas that can expect unseasonably heavy rains are Yogyakarta, East Java, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, North Moluccas, Molucca, West Papua, and Papua.

During the warning period, forecasters also caution that Indonesia should expect the convergence of several cyclonic systems that will also contribute to heavy rates of rain fall and high winds.

Weather authorities advise the public, particularly in Java and Bali, to be on guard for heavy rains, flooding, landslides, strong winds, falling trees, and lightning strikes.

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