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Bangkok – Coldest Day in 30 years!

Via: Bangkok

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Something is wrong in the Thai capital. Did you feel an unfamiliar impulse to reach for a sweater this morning? Is that little film of sweat missing from your upper lip?

Yeah, our Viking friends from Niflheim will disagree, but we can only describe today’s weather as cold.

The people who keep track of such things agree, declaring today to be the nation’s coldest in 30 years.

“Bangkok hit its coldest record in 30 years Thursday morning when the temperature fell to 15.6 Celsius (60Fahrenheit!),” said Songkram Aksorn, Deputy Director General of the Thai Meteorological Department.

After several years of cool seasons that were anything but mild, this year’s cool season – commonly called the “only-kind-of-hot season” – has lasted for almost three months.

In the kingdom’s northern and northeastern climes, where it gets genuinely cold, 63 people have died, though most were ill already. That’s more than twice the fatalities of last year.

Anti-government protest leaders shrug off the relative cold in a city where the slightest dip sends Bangkokians scrambling for fur-lined coats for their pets and selves.

“It’s been cold but not freezing, and Thai people generally enjoy cool weather the same way Westerners enjoy sunny skies,” said Akanat Promphan, protest spokesman.

The cold weather results from a northern cold front which has also affected Thailand’s rice crop, The Nation reported.

http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2014/01/23/winter-has-come-bangkok-today-coldest-30-years

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personal thought:

The anti-government protestors want to shut Bangkok down. Well I suggest, +/- 1o centimetres of SNOW, would work!

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Thailand -more cold weather coming

photo: typical clothing you would see in the Cool Season (mid-November to mid-February); but late March, almost never.

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The mercury in many parts of the country will plunge by three to five degrees Celsius for a few days due to a low-pressure ridge, the Meteorological Department said yesterday.

Greater Bangkok could shiver in 19-degree (66F) weather while even the South might see temperatures drop as low as 22 (72F) degrees.

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Pensiri Trisat, a meteorologist in the North, said thermometers showed just 7.8 (46F) degrees on Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai.

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“The cold snap will likely continue until the end of the month,” she said.

A northern weather bureau said the hot season would return early next month, at about 39-40 (102-104F) degrees.

“It will be scorching then just like any other summer.”

April 17 is expected to be the hottest day of the year, as the sun will be directly overhead.

“But if there are clouds, it’s not going to be that hot,” the bureau said.

REFERENCE:

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March 30, 2011 Posted by | climate, The Nation newspaper | , , , | Leave a comment

Everyone is a critic!

Bankok Post : (dated 18-Mar)

 The abrupt change from more than 30C to 17-19C since Wednesday was caused by an intense high pressure system from China that covered Thailand, said director-general Torsak Wanitkhachorn.

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Mr Torsak said the department ISSUED A FORECAST LAST WEEK warning that COLDER WEATHER WOULD ARRIVE THIS WEEK.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/227271/disaster-not-linked-to-latest-cold-snap

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Got it? Now read the …

Bangkok Post – Letter to the Editor (dated 18-Mar)

“Shivering in this heat!

Thursday’s Bangkok Post promised 37 degrees Celsius as the maximum temperature for the city. In reality it was 20C.

The map showed sunshine, but it was raining.

Who is responsible for the newspaper’s weather forecast? The text and map symbols are also contradictory. If in the top right corner the prediction is ”cool with morning fog”, why is the maximum temperature at 37 degrees? The longer text promises ”thunderstorms with gusty wind” but the map shows sunshine!

The Post should either get its weather services from a better forecaster, or at least update the maps to follow the text. No need to have a fixed ”sunny” map for the entire summer season. Perhaps looking out of the window might help!

http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/227283/shivering-in-this-heat

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“Weather forecast for tonight: dark” – George Carlin

March 18, 2011 Posted by | Bangkok Post newspaper, climate | , , , , | 1 Comment