Friday, July 24, 2009

Global Warming Has Caused Weather Shifts in Indonesia

The rainfall intensity in Banggai, Central Sulawesi, has changed from its 20 year cycle. This situation has disturbed the activities of farmers, fishermen, and other people whose work depends on the weather.

The shift has started since 2005 and the biggest shift happened in 2008. The local head of meteorological station, Jasirin, informed that for 20 years before 2005, the peak of rainfall always happens between March and May. After 2005, however, the peak happens only in May for 24 days with intensity reaching 188mm.

An extreme condition happened in 2008 where the peak happened in July for 27 days with 466mm rainfall that created floods in many locations. Jasirin said that the shift may be attributed to global warming. Furthermore, he stated that deforestation and air pollution are other factors that create high rainfall intensity.

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