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A Weather Warning

Bali Weather Forecasters Warn That Cyclonic Systems South of Bali Can Bring Strong Winds and Large Waves to Islandís Shore

(12/23/2011) The Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) for Denpasar, Bali has warned sea tourism and cruise operators to be on guard to the threat of tropical cyclones in the waters surrounding the island through the coming months until February 2012.

Quoted in Beritabali.com, the chief of the BMKG for Bali, Wayan Suaradana, said on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, that topical cyclones occur when deep low-pressure fronts form in the waters south of Bali. The cyclonic lows can whip up winds along Bali’s coast that reach 60 kilometers per hour.

“Fast winds will also stir up waves off Bali’s shore with heights that can reach 5 meters,” he explained.

These weather conditions also result in whirlpools and high waves for vessels at sea. “These are dangerous to shipping and can be very disruptive with waves as high as 5 meters,” said Suaradana.

Suardana said the effects of cyclonic storms could occur anytime between the months of December 2011 and February 2012. Bali’s chief weatherman asked fishermen to be wary and not go to sea when there’s a cyclone forming south of Bali.