BMKG Mention All Season Zones in NTT in the Dry Period
"Based on the analysis of the season on July 31, 2020, currently 100 percent of the total season zone is still in the dry season period," said Head of BMKG Kupang Class II Climatology Station, Apolinaris Geru in Kupang, Sunday, August 2, 2020.
BMKG reminded that the dry season is now happening in 69 percent of the 342 season zone areas in Indonesia.
This condition is in line with the strengthening of the Australian Monsoon wind which flows masses of cold and dry air from the Australian Continent to Asia through the Indonesian Ocean and the Indonesian Maritime Continent.
Areas that are mostly experiencing a dry season, including East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara, Bali, East Java, most of Central Java, most of West Java and Banten's northern coast.
Apolinaris Geru reminded the need for vigilance related to the threat of a drought in the island-based province.
He added, based on data on days without rain (HTH) until July 31, 2020, it showed that some regions in NTT experienced series of dry days of more than 31 days to more than 61 days.
While the forecast of rainfall opportunities shows that some areas are expected to experience very low rainfall (less than 20 mm / dasarian) with an opportunity of more than 90 percent.
This condition has an impact on the agricultural sector with a rain-fed system, in addition to an impact on reducing the availability of ground water, causing scarcity of clean water and increasing the potential for ease of fire.
Therefore, BMKG considers it important to issue early warning of drought so that the government and the community can take the necessary anticipatory steps, he said.