The Meteorological Service of Singapore reports on 4 November 1999 for the South East Asian region: “Cloudy conditions over southern Sumatra and southern Kalimantan. The region is remains generally clear of smoke haze.”
Fig.1. Regional Surface Winds and Haze/Hot Spot Map, 4 November 1999
Forecasts of winds and surface pressure are available at http://www.gov.sg/metsin/flm.html
The latest NOAA14 satellite image showing hot spot locations in Sumatra. “Hot spots” can be identified as red dots.
Fig.2. Latest NOAA Satellite image for Sumatra of 4 November 1999
Fig.3.-8. Fire Weather Index (FWI) forecast for tomorrow (left), next week (center) and the predicted FWI anomaly for next month (right) for the Western Pacific and the Pacific Ocean. The daily forecast refers to 12:00 hrs noon UTC (Greenwich) time; the weekly total forecast and the monthly forecasted anomaly 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 (updated: 5 November 1999).
The ASEAN Haze Action Online provides the following information:
Monitoring: Hyperlinks to institutions involved in regional monitoring and prediction of fire and smoke haze
Summary: Although the current fire weather conditions do under normal conditions not favour extensive land clearing by fire or escaping wildfires in Indonesia, the consequences of the large wildfires of 1997-98 must been taken into consideration. These fires had caused extensive degradation of primary and secondary forests along with the spreading of “alang-alang” (Imperata cylindrica) grasslands. These grasslands facilitate the spread of uncontrolled fires over large areas.