A researcher explains the phenomenon of Topi Awan in Rinjani

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A researcher explains the phenomenon of Topi Awan in Rinjani

A researcher explains the phenomenon of Topi Awan in Rinjani

The Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) explains the phenomenon of forming a thick white "cloud hat" that encircles the summit of Mount Rinjani in Lombok, in western Nusa Tenggara.

Agie Wandala Putra, head of the BMKG weather forecast subdivision, explained scientifically that the cloud layer was called the lenticular cloud.

He explained that lenticular clouds form when the air rises through the mountain, so that it cools sufficiently to produce condensation.

"Lenticular clouds have special characteristics because they do not move like other types of clouds and Agie explained that this cloud is a flat circle resembling an umbrella, like an image broadcast on social networks. He added that lenticular clouds often occur during the dry season.

"It is precisely if it happens when there is no rain, the air temperature is assembled, but it can not rise, so it is clogged at the top or at the mountain due to significant differences. between rainy and dry rainfall, "he said.

Agie said that lenticular clouds are common in mountainous areas. Cloud formation is also caused by the topography of the mountain. He called this phenomenon not uncommon. He calls this phenomenon widespread but rarely happens.

"That's because lenticular clouds are influenced by the topography of the mountain and are perpendicular to the direction of the wind," said Agie.

Agie said the cloud hat phenomenon is not a phenomenon that must be feared by the public. Because this phenomenon does not endanger human life.

However, Agie said the lenticular clouds were bringing down the temperature at the top of the mountain. This phenomenon is called a common thing for mountaineers. "So, it's not dangerous, even if we're pretty cold at the top of the mountain, but this cloud should not be superstitious, if that opportunity comes, immortalize it," said Agie.

In addition, Agie said that lenticular clouds created obstacles for planes that crossed the mountain where the cloud was located. "That's because mountain waves and swirls of strong winds can cause slight turbulence in planes," said Agie
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