Hardline weather enthusiasts are whipping themselves into a frenzy of indignation over Typhoon Sammy. The target of their wrath is the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO). The rain spotters seem to believe the public should have been given more - and better - information about the typhoon's progress. 'We are very angry that HKO is trying to kill people by hoisting the number eight [signal] so late, eg, the Peng Chau ferry incident and the yacht incident' one rain spotter said. Another spotter, who observed the storm from Chek Lap Kok, told the Weather Underground Forum: 'The HKO deserves to be investigated, and take the blame for its complacent attitude towards this storm. 'Why didn't they warn the public of the direct hit in the Northern New Territories? 'I did venture out into the wind and rain outside the terminal building, and I must say that I was completely drenched in 30 seconds. 'The gales pounded me so badly that I actually swayed in the wind. 'The torrential rain scratched my face so fiercely that I couldn't bear [it] for more than a few minutes before pain drove me back into the terminal building.' Drama. Meanwhile, across the SAR in Tuen Mun, another rain man was mad with grief. How could the observatory have betrayed him so? 'Now the wind is going crazy,' he told the forum. 'I don't know why the HKO would do such a job, educate the public that the number eight will only be hoisted a few more hours, implying that the wind will decrease and go out. 'HKO, HKO you let my heart die.' Lai See hadn't realised that weather-signal timing was such an emotive issue. We were amazed to discover how many people spend their days obsessing about the sky's latest antics. These people crowd the Underground Forum of Phil's Typhoon and Weather Page, swapping facts, thoughts, observations and anecdotes. Lai See had heard someone tried to set up a similar Web site in Britain. But he binned it after the 152nd posting of 'Mustn't grumble'. A bit of unfortunate timing by the editors at the Asian Wall Street Journal. Yesterday, an annual travel supplement was published along with the regional newspaper. It was basically a how-to guide on getting through your holiday without dying horribly. The Journal plugged the safety guide on the front page of their paper. It was right at the top, near the centre. In almost all of Hong Kong's other papers, that spot was occupied by images of a flipped and flaming China Air airliner. But in the Journal, the space was used to tout the supplement's top story: 'Surprise! Asian Airlines May Be Getting Safer'. British pigeon fanciers are in a flap about the recent eclipse. They claim the orb-overlap scrambled their birds' brains. It seems hundreds of homing pigeons have disappeared, and the eclipse is being blamed. According to yesterday's Daily Telegraph, members of Britain's 3,000 clubs for pigeon people were scanning the skies for the birds they sent out in the week of the August 11 solar eclipse. The owners say the pigeons would have been flummoxed by the sudden darkness. Paul Kitching from Durham in northeast England told the Telegraph that 12 of his 30 racing birds were missing. 'There are a lot of lads out there with their heads in their hands because their birds haven't come back,' he said. Homing pigeons are believed to be capable of charting their own way home partly because of the magnetic fields of the Earth and sun. A bird lover called Barbara Peacock said there was no way of saying for certain that the eclipse was responsible for putting the birds in a flap. Ms Peacock added: 'But whenever the sun and moon are in close proximity, we have a very bad race with lots of birds going missing.' There was also some evidence that other types of bird brains were affected by the phenomenon. Unfounded rumour has it that former United States vice-president Dan 'Quail' was in London during the eclipse, and he couldn't find his way back to the hotel afterwards.