CLIMATE AND SEASONS
The island of Sumatra is divided into
2 parts by equator line which passes exactly on the town
of Bonjol, between Bukit Tinggi city and Padang city. Tourist
who passes the line is given a certificate by local geology
in Bonjol. With the stretch of North - South around 2000
kms makes slight difference character between areas north
and south of equator. Rainy season for example for the areas
of Northern equator normally between May and September,
while the areas southern equator have the heaviest rain
fall between December and February. Medan city for example
during rainy season has an average rain fall of 150 mm,
and during the peak of rainy season in September and October
can reach 225 mm. While daily temperature is consistent
through the year around 32oC.
Dry season for Sumatra in the past can be a real trouble by forest burning around the province of Riau. Worse fire was in 1988 when almost large part of North Sumatra was covered by the smoke and months by mild up to Singapore and Malaysia. It was thought that the fire was caused by the clearing of the forest by burning, and due to the high temperature caused the smaller branches and bushes were to easy being burnt by smallest fire and due to the fire happened deep in the forest, rescue was so difficult, if not if not impossible. Others thought that fire was caused by illegal lodging activities.
Geographically Sumatra island elongated shape of North - South is divided by mountain chain called Bukit Barisan, which preserves the best national park of Indonesia, and home to various wild life of Indonesia such as Sumatran tiger, one horned Rhino, Tapir, Deer, Pigs, Orangutans, Monkeys and various type of birds.
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Sumatra island offers great choice of sightseeing such as orangutans, lake Toba, traditional Batak village, water fall, and various wild life farming and plantations. Lake Toba is the most beautiful scenery in Indonesia with Samosir island on it, creation of natural disaster 70.000 years ago Lake Toba Samosir