Weather Forecasting

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.

Sunday, 24 March, 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

Ensure people get timely information during disasters

Climate Change Conference, in Doha, Qatar. Photo: AP

The impact of natural disasters, caused by multiple geophysical hazards, is greater in Asia than on any other continent. This is true both in mega cities and rural areas - particularly near coasts, unstable mountain slopes and volcanoes, and deserts.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

Expect rainy days - but no more than usual

It's not raining more than usual in Hong Kong; it only feels like it sometimes, as the city gets pounded with increasingly intense downpours due to global warming, the Observatory said yesterday in presenting its annual forecasts.

This year will see normal - 2,300mm - to above-normal rainfall despite the heavier downpours, the weather service predicted.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

All systems go for brilliant Sweet Sanette

Brilliant speed mare Sweet Sanette may face unexpected conditions when she takes on international company tonight in the Group One King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, with adverse weather forecast.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

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

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

Weather chief admits failures but vows problems will be tackled

The chief of the mainland's weather forecasting service has admitted that meteorologists failed to predict the scale, duration and impact of last month's massive snowstorms.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Wild card named La Nina to blame for bad weather

Mainland meteorologists have suggested that the cold and snowy weather sweeping over the nation this month was caused by a slight drop in surface sea temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean in August, a phenomenon known as La Nina.

For more than 20 days, the central and eastern part of China has been hit by the heaviest and longest snowfall since the 1960s.

31 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

More snow, icy rain to come as bureau issues highest alert

Heavy snowfall will continue to cut a swathe through the mainland this week as the main meteorological authority issued the highest possible level of alarm yesterday.

28 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Games weather role

Weather forecasters in Hong Kong are providing meteorological devices and information to support the Beijing Olympics.

Wong Ming-chung, assistant director of the Observatory, said a computer system called 'Swirls', which will forecast severe weather, had already been sent to Beijing in good time for the summer events.

13 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

502 days to go

In the film satire, The Weather Man, downtrodden TV meteorologist Dave Spritz - played by Nicolas Cage - is often struck by fast food thrown by viewers who recognise him in the street.

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Sunny days forecast for the north

A cold front that whipped up sandstorms and sent temperatures plummeting across northern China at the weekend weakened yesterday, prompting weather forecasters to predict clear and sunny skies for the region over the next three days.

14 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Wrap up for cold snap: forecasters

If you're out and about this weekend, remember to wrap up warmly, say weather forecasters. The temperature in urban areas is expected to drop to 9 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

13 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Crackdown on rogue weather forecasts

State reasserts its hold on the potentially lucrative 'meteorological economy'

The central government is clamping down on unauthorised use of weather forecasts to prevent public panic and to reassert its monopoly in the sector.

The measure stems from alarm caused by reports during last year's Sars outbreak.

6 Feb 2004 - 12:00am