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Hong Kong Observatory

Clean-up starts after severe rainstorm hits Hong Kong

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

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

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

"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?

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

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