LIPPO CIKARANG - Although this year did not really have a dry season of any kind in large parts of Indonesia, the wet season has noticeably started a while ago. The change from the dry to the wet season is hard to point out this year, but the bad weather that hits large areas of Java and elsewhere is a direct consequence of a fierce wet season.
This year the heavy rains typical of this season are combined with strong gusts of wind an in for example Jakarta and environs. This causes additional damage as trees are toppled, bringing down power lines thus causing black-outs that last hours. Large amounts of leaves an twigs cause clogging up of sewers and roads that are already dense with traffic without bad weather.
The start of the wet season, or at least the start of the daily routine of heavy rainshowers combined with heavy thunders and gusts of wind, always needs some adaption of the daily rhythm, though this is not possible for most people. Workers still have to report themselves at the office at the normal time and selling your products at the market outside opening hours is not an option as well.
For those that are able to adapt ust a little bit, it is best to do so to avoid being left with a wet mess in house at the end of the day. Drying the laundry can be done as early on the day as possible, but should be picked up as soon as dark clouds appear at the sky. Shopping can be done before the rain arrived and other things that take you outside the house can normally be planned fairly well.
In recent years I have experienced some wet seasons that were typically too short and dry but were at least clearly marked by the arrival of rainstorms and the arrival of hot and sunny weather afterwards. This wet season is different from that completely. On top of that it is also so that the 'normal' time on which the rain starts every day is not that normal this season.
Sometimes it rains early in the morning, gerimis (light rain) .. and then all of a sudden it becomes dry and it is hot in an instant. But before lunchtime this might have changed completely. A heavy thunder shower, of which the first seeding clouds came down from the mountains between Bogor and Bandung south of here, can erupt at any time and almost without warning as well. In less than 15 minutes the weather changes from dry, hot and sunny to a tropical downpour with gusts of wind an heavy thunders.
For myself - with a roof above my head that keeps most of the wather out – that's not a real problem, especially when I am inside. Sometimes I still make the mistake that I think I still have some time left to do some last-minute shopping. Of course I also forget my raincover during that kind of situations, so I have the choice of finding shelter or getting soaking wet on the way home.
In the recent week the weather is even more strange with generally clouded skies and fairly low temperatures. A strong gusty wind makes the clouds to scatter, keeping the cloud cover in tact so the sun barely stands a chance to warm up the day like it normally should be on a tropical day here. The laundry doesn't really dry, but weather like this is perfect for a short strawl through the neighborhod. That is if it's not raining of course. Normally these strawls are for early morning hours.
Other benefits? Most of those benefits are for the farmers that work their fields in order to produce thousands of tonnes of rice for this country. The high amount of rainfall probably will cause a higher yield on their crops in comparison to earlier years, but then it should not be too windy and the crops should be dry when it is harvesting time. For what that concerned, complaining about the weather is normal here too.