Warning for High Waves Until June 10, 2016: BMKG-Bali

The Bali Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency (BMKG-Bali) has issued an “emergency warning“ that high waves washing over the popular beachside area of Kuta and onto the adjoining Jalan Pantai Kuta can be expected to continue until around June 10, 2016, quoted from Bali Discovery.

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Kuta Beach Wave Overflows Up to highway. Photo: KOMPAS.com/SRI LESTARI

The high tide levels on Kuta beach are now measuring at 2.3 to 2.7 meters above the mean.

Quoted by the Bali Post, the chief of the BMKG-Bali, I Nyoman Gede Wiryajaya, explained on Sunday, June 5, 2016, that the height of waves and high tides are related to two factors. First, are the tidal movements resulting from the gravitational pull of the moon. Second, is the effect of the weather that creates wave patterns.

Tidal movements are influenced by the periodic phase of the moon. Meanwhile, the strength and size of waves washing ashore are the results of wind speeds, the persistence of wind patterns and the side effect of weather patterns in adjacent areas. Wiryajaya continued: “At the present time, the winds predominately are blowing from the east and southeast operating in conjunction with a low-pressure areas in the Indian Ocean that are together producing high waves that come crashing ashore.”

Wiryajaya also explained that in starting from late May 2016, Kuta has been experiencing very high waves washing ashore that were the result of both weather conditions and astronomical conditions that will persist until around June 10, 2016. Bali is currently in the phase of a “new moon” during which the moon and the earth are aligned in a manner that produces strong tidal surges.

BMKG chief for Bali is urging both domestic and international visitors exercise caution when visiting the beach and remain aware of the threat of sudden and unexpected large waves washing ashore.

This piece was originally published at balidiscovery.com

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