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Weatherwise A Bad Start to Bali's New Year

April Showers: Storms in Northwest Australian Wreak Havoc and Rain in Bali.

(4/4/2006) There's an old oriental belief that rain on the New Year portends good fortune in the year ahead. In that vein, Bali is now officially waiting for both good fortune and fair weather.

Rains spun off from the force 4 cyclone Glenda that hit Northwest Australia have visited cloudy skies and almost constant rain fall on most of South Bali starting from Balinese New Year (Caka 1928) on Friday, March 31, 2006.

A combination of heavy rains, strong winds and large waves ranging from 1.5 - 3 meters have resulted in widespread erosion along Bali's western coast from Kedongan to Kuta Beach. A number of small beachside restaurants on South Bali's popular surfing beaches and tens of local fishing boats (jukung) suffered substantial damage as the result of the inclement weather.

According to a report in the Jakarta Post, at least one death is being attributed to a three-meter wave swepte away a number of swimmers on Legian Beach on Saturday, April 1st. Life saving guards along Kuta Beach closed the beach for swimmers for a period over the weekend of April 1 - 2 in response to the high waves hitting the popular beach front.

Local weather reports for Bali suggest a clearing weather pattern on Monday or Tuesday, likely to be followed by more rain and thunderstorms for the remainder of the week.