For the businesses in the Krui area reliant on international surfers it has been a hard season with only a few surfers from Bali venturing to the area. Many have reassessed their reliance on international guests, while others consider closing down but all have been grateful for the continued support of their local visitors.
The old weather pattern returning ?
The weather from December 2019 onward bought wetter conditions than the previous 2 years with low pressure systems hanging off the Southwest Coast of Sumatra. These systems continued to prevail through the dry season with variable winds making for unreliable surf conditions.
Forecast La Niña arrives in September
The forecast of a La Niña event developing has now been declared a reality. We will have to wait and see if these conditions lead to a normal wet season followed by an on schedule 2021 dry season with solid trade winds.
One thing is for sure the local farmers of Sumatra and everyone else could do with a little bit of normal.