The Meteorological Service of Singapore reports on 5 January 2001 for the South East Asian region: “Isolated showers were observed over central Kalimantan and southern Sumatra. The region is generally free from smoke haze.” Forecasts of winds and surface pressure are also available.
Regional Surface Winds and Haze/Fire Map, 22 January 2001 (Source: Meteorological Service of Singapore)
The Meteorological Service of Singapore provides rainfall-record charts for selected locations in Sumatra and Kalimantan with information about the mean annual rainfall and the actual monthly and weekly records for last year.
Rainfall charts for Sumatra and Kalimantan (Source: Meteorological Service of Singapore)
The GFMC displays selected and daily updated global and Asia-Pacific Experimental Climate Prediction Center (ECPC) Fire Weather Forecasts. These examples allow a quicklook and provide daily (today not available) and weekly total forecasts, and forecasted monthly totals (for this month). For background information refer to the ECPC products description page.
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Fire Weather Index (FWI) forecast for this week (left) and the predicted FWI total for this month (right) for the Western Pacific and the Pacific Ocean. The weekly total forecast and the monthly forecasted total refer to 00:00 hrs UTC, which is local noon at dateline (180° longitude). Forecast time is 12:00 hrs noon UTC (Greenwich) corresponding to local evening time in mainland and insular SE Asia. (Source: ECPC)
The ASEAN Fire Weather Information System (ASFWIS) is a co-operation between ASEAN and the Canadian Forest Service. It provides maps describing the current fire weather situation in South East Asia. This system is based upon the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) (for further infomation to the CFFDRS refer to ASFWIS). Studies have shown that the CFFDRS is applicable outside of Canada. Currently it is also used in a modified form in New Zealand (see References). In New Zealand the Fire Weather Indices Fine Fuel Moisture Code (FFMC) and the Initial Spread Index (ISI) represent the fire danger in the scrublands. The Duff Moisture Code (DMC) is also applicable in South East Asia, because it potentially describes the moisture state of the upper peat layers in peat and peat swamp forests. All three parameters may serve as a suitable indicator of forest fire danger in South East Asia.
According to the ASFWIS for 22 January 2001 these parameters show various fire weather conditions over South East Asia:
Fine Fuel Moisture Code
Duff Moisture Code
Initial Spread Index
Fire Weather Index
Output maps of the ASFWIS, 22 January 2001 (Source: ASFWIS)
The ASEAN Haze Action Online provides the following information:
Monitoring: Hyperlinks to institutions involved in regional monitoring and prediction of fire and smoke haze
Intranet: Information and possible participation in the ASEAN Haze Action Online Intranet Information Services (for associated registered participants)
Mobilization Plan: Model Fire Suppression Mobilization Plan
Inventory: Inventory and analysis of forest and land fire suppression capabilities
Haze Forum: Communication platform on fire and smoke-haze issues in the ASEAN region
Calendar: Fire and haze-related events can be identified by a search modus
The Meteorological Service of Singapore tells the following ENSO Outlook: The latest sea surface temperatures in the equatorial central Pacific Ocean are mostly near to average. And, most climate centers predict that this should continue till early 2001. The second quarter of next year, might see a slight warming tendency, i.e. a tendency towards an El Nino situation. However, it is still too early to tell. (Source: Meteorological Service of Singapore)
For further information, please also have a look to the current and archived IFFN Country Notes.