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Vortices

The forecast for HK is highly unsettled

Early this month came news that Hong Kong ranked among the world's top 20 port cities at risk from climate change, according to an ongoing study by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development.

Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am

Climate centre aims to develop forecasting

City University this week opened a climate research centre to assess the risks of climate change in the region. Researchers at the Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Climate Impact Centre will look at monsoons over the mainland, tropical cyclones in the western North Pacific and the possible effects on climate caused by global warming.

21 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Examiners fear disruptions from typhoons

Exam officials are concerned that erratic weather patterns could cause disruptions to this year's assessments schedule.

The chaos on the mainland caused by record snowfalls this month has been blamed on a climactic phenomenon known as La Nina, which is also expected to generate above-average typhoon activity over the summer.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Mass flight from storms a hangover from hut era

Criticism of recent failures to predict localised wild weather conditions that caused traffic and airport chaos prompted the Observatory to revamp its system of typhoon warnings earlier this year. They are now based on predicted average wind speeds across Hong Kong and not just on Victoria Harbour. As a result, more No 8 signals can be expected.

11 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

New high set by rise in city's temperatures

The mean temperature last month was 0.6 degrees Celsius higher than normal because of increased sunshine, while that for November set a record, the Observatory said yesterday.

It said that December's mean temperature was 18.2 degrees, with the maximum temperature for the month rising to 25.6 degrees on December 8.

4 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

HK bracing for Tropical Cyclone Damrey

Updated at 6.18pm: Hong Kong was preparing on Friday for the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Damrey as the storm headed towards the territory - having left 16 people dead in the Philippines.

23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Hong Kong's weather warning system too rigid

There seems to be too much rigidity in Hong Kong's weather warning system.

Why cannot a tropical cyclone warning be hoisted together with the strong monsoon signal? And why cannot the raising of tropical cyclone warnings start with a higher number than one?

21 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In Saturday's report on Tropical Storm Kompasu, we incorrectly reported that the strongest gust in the city was 69km/h. This figure was the strongest mean wind speed in an hour. The strongest gust was 97km/h.

19 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Cyclone casts cloud over adventure race

With tropical cyclone signal No1 in effect yesterday, organisers of this weekend's Team Challenge, a 70km adventure race in the New Territories countryside, are concerned that the annual event may have to be postponed.

16 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Towering waterspout weaves its magic near Lamma

Standing on the balcony of her Lamma island home early yesterday, Natalie Dillon was greeted with the sight of a towering waterspout spiralling from sea to sky.

'It was amazing,' said the biotechnology engineer. 'It seemed to pour out from underneath the clouds and stretch right down to the ocean.'

2 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Cyclone warning heralds showers

Red warning flags were raised at some beaches as the No 1 Tropical Cyclone Signal remained hoisted yesterday.

Last night, Tropical Storm York was estimated to be about 340km east-southeast of the SAR.

It was forecast to move north at about 10km/h towards the coast of eastern Guangdong.

15 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Wet weather tipped to continue

POOR weather is predicted for the next few days as a tropical depression envelopes the SAR. But forecasters said it was unlikely winds would become much stronger, after the tropical cyclone signal No 1 was hoisted early yesterday.

13 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Weathermen at a loss

WEATHERMEN who warned Hong Kong to brace for a stormy typhoon season now admit they cannot predict when El Nino will loosen its grip on the region.

This year's lack of typhoons has already beaten the 1997 record - by two days - for the latest start to the season in post-war years.

2 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Unlucky storm 13

TROPICAL Depression Zack, sitting in the Western Pacific mulling a move towards the Philippines, is set to be the unlucky 13th storm this season.

Tropical Storm Yvette, which hit Vietnam yesterday, was the 12th tropical cyclone in the South China Sea this year - equalling the average since records began.

27 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

On Cloud 9 charting typhoons

WHEN Kenward Ma Kam-wing first developed an interest in typhoons and how they form, little did he realise that he would soon be an amateur meteorologist in his own right, with enough knowledge of the skies to be able to warn friends of impending storms.

26 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

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