Pekanbaru, Riau (ANTARA News) - NOAA-18 Satellite operated by Singapore managed to detect 114 hot-spots throughout Sumatra island, analyst of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) of the Pekanbaru Meteorological Station Marzuki said here Friday.
He said the number of hot-spots is dominated by Riau province with 42 spots, followed by the provinces of Jambi with 22 spots, South Sumatra 14, North Sumatra 10, West Sumatra 7, Bengkulu 6, Aceh 5, Lampung and Bangka Belitung three each, and Riau Islands only two spots.
"Actually the number of hot-spots this time is less than those on Wednesday (Mar 21), where Sumatra had 169 hot-spots," he said.
However, the spread of the hot-spots, Marzuki said, was not even like at present. "Some of the provinces where hot-spots have just appeared are Bangka Belitung, Riau Islands and Jambi," he said.
He said the number of hot-spots in March 2012 may be growing rather rapidly in view of an interruption in the position of the sun now exactly on the equator.
"This condition raised the temperature in Sumatra triggering the appearance of hot-spots in many places," he said.