Monday, January 7, 2008

Flooding and Landslides in Indonesia

Persistent heavy rains led to flooding and landslides throughout Indonesia in late December 2007 and early January 2008, resulting in numerous fatalities and crop losses. There area’s normal rainy season, which lasts from December through February, appears to have been intensified by two factors. The first is an ongoing La Niña, the counterpart to El Niño. La Niña brings stronger-than-normal easterly trade winds to the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, and these winds cause warm, rain-enhancing waters to pile up in the western Pacific around Indonesia. The other factor that contributed to the unusually heavy rains is a weather phenomenon called the Madden-Julian Oscillation.

The impact on technology should be effected because they should be able to tell when a front is coming in so that people are able to evacuate

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