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Clean-up starts after severe rainstorm hits Hong Kong

Photo: Dickson Lee

The Hong Kong Observatory lowered all rainstorm warning signals at 10.30am on Wednesday, after landslides and flooding were reported earlier.


Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Hong Kong sees coldest day in May since 1917

Morning temperatures in Hong Kong dipped to 16.6 degrees Celsius. Photo: Felix Wong

The last time Hong Kong was this cold in May, the world was still fighting a great war, the Legislative Council had just eight official members and Russia's Romanovs were still in power.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hong Kong prepares for rainy Easter Weekend

Occasional heavy rains and thunderstorms are expected over the weekend. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

If you are spending your Easter weekend in town, prepare for rain and thunderstorms, according to a forecast made by the Hong Kong Observatory.

29 Mar 2013 - 11:57pm

UN's top weatherman visits Hong Kong Observatory

David Grimes signs for students in TST. Photo: Edward Wong

"Most people are unhappy not about bad weather disrupting their time at work, but their time at play," said David Grimes, president of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), who is in Hong Kong for celebrations marking the 130th anniversary of its Observatory.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:40am

How can Hongkongers avoid being struck by lightning?

The airport thunderstorm and lightning alert system (Atlas) forecasts where lightning might strike. Photo: Reuters

What are the odds of being struck by lightning in Hong Kong? Records show that over the past 20 or so years there have been 44 casualties, including six deaths. That puts the odds of being struck by lightning in the city at one in three to four million - much better than in the US, which has about 300 casualties each year, of whom around 37 die.

17 Feb 2013 - 3:28am

Hong Kong Observatory looks at plan to express uncertainty of weather by using probabilities in forecasts

The Observatory may start using probabilities in its predictions. Photo: Reuters

Predicting the weather is an imperfect science, especially with Hong Kong's climate, and the Observatory is looking at a plan to express that uncertainty by using probabilities in its forecasts.

17 Oct 2012 - 3:49pm 1 comment

Hong Kong Observatory needs calm heads in stormy weather

The Hong Kong Observatory provides us with weather forecasts and issues warnings on weather-related hazards.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Typhoons may come early this year

Hong Kong might be in for an early typhoon season this year because of the La Nina effect, Hong Kong Observatory director Lee Boon-ying said. Lee said the first typhoons might arrive in May, compared with July last year, because of La Nina, which brings cooler than normal temperatures to the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The Observatory is finalising a study on this year's typhoon trend.

21 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Website checks the wind for the windsurfers

Windsurfers need no longer waste precious daylight hours wondering which stretch of water has the best wind conditions: a local website now sorts that out for them.

The Hong Kong Observatory launched a webpage yesterday that provides daily weather forecasts for 10 windsurfing hot spots.

30 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Partial lunar eclipse visible on New Year's Day

19 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Winter's second cold snap on the way

Another cold snap is about to hit the city, the second of the winter, forecasters at the Hong Kong Observatory said yesterday. A winter monsoon from the mainland is expected to arrive in the city tonight with temperatures to plunge as low as 12 degrees Celsius in urban areas by the weekend, and a few degrees lower in the New Territories.

15 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

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