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A Dry Season Postponed Because of Rain

Meteorologists Blame Indonesia's Unusual Weather Patterns on La Nina.

(8/16/2010) Tempo Interactive says the lack of a dry season, now some two months overdue, is the result of the La Nina weather effect.

La Nina is the result of warmer than normal sea surface temperatures that are 0.5 to 2 degrees Celsius higher than normal. These warmer temperatures create stronger flows of westerly winds across the Indonesian region.

High levels of condensed water in the upper atmosphere results, in turn, in more rains across the region.

National Meteorology experts say average rainfall from July to August has hit 50 mm per day. Citing July and August as "transitional months" national weather forecasters are predicting the rainy season may start in September, meaning Bali will experience little of what could be described as a "dry season" in the current year.

Current rain patterns are also accompanied by unusually strong winds and occasional lightning storms.

Officials are concerned that accident rates during the Lebaran period may be worsened by heavy rains.