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Memoirs of a Meteorologist

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ST Article on the 25 May 2007 Waterspout

The Straits Times May 26, 2007 A towering sight off the east coast By Andrea Ong THOUSANDS of people from the city centre to Changi were transfixed yesterday afternoon as a large water spout appeared off the east coast. The water funnel rose majestically from the sea, and sent people scrambling for their cameras and cellphones. In fact, the water spout broke all previous records for reader reaction at The Straits Times' online portal Stomp, with 150 SMSes, MMSes and e-mails streaming in wit

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Squall Line on 30 April 2007

Hi, for those interested, I have updated my waterspout entry with a radar image of the thunderstorm producing the waterspout. Here is a series of radar images of the squall line that affected the island on 30 April, which our Finnish forecaster was referring to (see my earlier post on 20 May). The gust front is quite distinct. We had an unusually large number of squall lines on consecutive days this April. April is the transition period between our two monsoons (northeast monsoon and sou

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Waterspout Sighting

We had a flurry of calls from the police, civil defence and the public today, because a distinct waterspout was sighted off the southeastern coast of the island. Our radar showed that the weather system producing it was just a small thunderstorm. Which goes to show that you don't need a large and impressive thunderstorm to produce an impressive waterspout. What is as amazing as the waterspout is the speed at which news travels nowadays. Practically everyone on this island has a cellphone

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A Finnish Email

I was amused by the following email from a gentleman from Finland...he certainly is very enthusiastic - I find meteorology interesting, but I'm not sure I would carry a windmeter around like he does! Will post some radar images of the squall line he mentioned when I have the time. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello! I am a forecaster from Finnish Met. Institute. I got a chance to visit Singapore second time 24-30.4.2007. I trav

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The Sun Rises on Singapore's Solar Industry

May 15, 2007 The sun rises on S'pore's solar industry Landmark buildings may go solar; NUS in talks on research, teaching centre By Jessica Cheam THE solar industry is shaping up as a sunrise one. Landmark buildings - and there are so many on this sun-drenched island - may soon sport solar panels that do double duty as roofs. Solar-energy architects here are pushing for more than just solar panels slapped atop buildings to turn sunlight into electricity: They want to make what are called p

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Singapore Shaken After Quakes in Indonesia

Singaporeans experienced two rounds of tremors in the space of two hours on Tuesday, following two earthquakes in Padang, Indonesia. Singapore's Meteorological Services Division said the first tremors were felt at about 11.50am after an earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck Padang on the island of Sumatra. The epicentre was 50 kilometres north-northeast of Padang and some 430 kilometres south-west of Singapore. The second round of tremors occurred around 1.50pm after another ea

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Record Rainfalls this December

Well it seems that the rainfall this December has been exceptionally heavy this year. Maybe I've been too busy to notice, but it didn't seem any worse to me than 2001 when Typhoon Vamei hit Singapore ... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Straits Times Forum Dec 28, 2006 Flood-prone areas cut from 3,200ha to 130ha PUB, the national water agency, thanks Mr Thomas Lee Zhi Zhi for his letter, 'Civil Service

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Taiwan Quake Disrupts Internet Usage

And I was wondering why the net was so slow. I'd received a dozen SMS alerts on the Taiwan quake, but didn't take much notice because it was so far away ... we're more concerned with quakes around the Sumatra region. Who would think that a quake in Taiwan would still affect us! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dec 28, 2006, 0.00 am (Singapore time) Home users and businesses cut off from websites a

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ST Article : 24 hours of rain mayhem

Dec 20, 2006 24 hours of rain mayhem Floods and landslides hit island Fallen trees hold up traffic SINGAPORE was lashed by the third-largest deluge of rain in recorded history yesterday, causing heavy flooding in parts of the island, bringing down trees and triggering landslides. The rain was most intense over the northern and central parts of the island, where flooding affected at least four locations. Vehicles were diverted from several traffic junctions, which had been rendered impassable

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ST article : New Public Buildings to Go Green

Dec 15, 2006 New public buildings to go green from 2007 Private sector urged to follow suit; Government offers incentives IT IS goodbye to chilly offices with sweater-clad workers and hello to high-tech air-conditioning, waterless urinals and solar power - as Singapore's buildings gear up to 'go green'. From next year, all new public buildings and those undergoing major retrofitting have to earn the environment-friendly 'Green Mark' - proof that they are energy- and water-efficient, with go

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On A Clear Day ...

Well, the haze situation has improved. But I've been too busy moving house to worry a lot about it ... has been madness, trying to unpack with a baby that cries frantically the minute you put her down and wants to be carried all the time. She refuses to sleep unless she's lying on top of me as well (wakes the minute I put her in the cot). Looks like I'm not going to be doing any blogging for a while ...

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The Haze Will Go On

Found this on someone else's website : Every time we go out we see it, we breathe it That is how we know it goes on. Far across the distance And spaces it's drifted And we know the haze will go on Near, far, wherever we are We can see that the haze just goes on Once more we close all our doors But it still seeps inside And it's useless to have aircon. Asthma comes just one time And lasts for a lifetime And never lets go till we're gone The haze should blow to Java SBY & Ju

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ST Article : Hybrid Cars

Meant to post this earlier, but all the bluster about the haze overtook me. I've always wanted to own an environmentally-friendly car; looks like that wish may be realised in the near future. However, at present the cost of hybrid cars is still beyond my pocket.

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Haze Update

Satellite pictures yesterday clearly showed the haze wafting in from Kalimantan. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ChannelNewsAsia has devoted an entire section to the haze. One viewer sent in this rather nice photo of the moon : The haze gave last night's moon an atmospheric orange cast as seen here beside one of the office buildings in the CBD. – Photo from Stuart Clyne Meanwhile, t

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And So It Goes On

This is what the sun looked like outside my window this morning, through the haze : The haze is still dominating the news ... lots of articles every day, radio DJ keeps giving a PSI update every 20 minutes, & there are colourful new graphics as well. Guess our Director-General is having sleepless nights - D said he came over to the operations office at least 10 times the other day, no surprise what with the Perm Sec, Minister & people from MEWR all bugging him. --------------------

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The Malaysians Have Beaten Us To It! :-O

Writing a weather book, that is. This was published in 2003 but I only just chanced upon it while browsing through Select Books, a local book website. It goes without saying that I ordered it straight away. Am looking forward to reading it. As I mentioned before, I still hope Singapore will one day have its own little pocket guide book on weather for the public.

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ST Article : Wind shifts make predictions hard

Oct 12, 2006 Wind shifts make predictions hard: NEA Weather forecast is tricky in the tropics where patterns are weak By Arti Mulchand WHY is the crystal ball so hazy, one might ask. It would be better if the weatherman could say in advance if haze levels were going to go up or down. But the fact is that the light and constantly changing winds, characteristic at this time of the year, make it hard to predict what will happen, said the National Environment Agency (NEA). The region is experie

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ST article:From DIY Biodiesel to Slick New Venture

Well, we still have some way to go before biofuels are used in Singapore. But at least this is a beginning. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Straits Times Oct 9, 2006 From DIY biodiesel to slick new venture By Leong Chan Teik IF ALL cars in Singapore ran on diesel, some motorists here might discover a new hobby: making their own fuel. Mr Kom Mam Sun, 32, hit on the idea two yea

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Carbon Trading

While reading about the Singapore government's Climate Change Strategy I wasn't too clear on how carbon trading works but this Shell advertisement actually does quite a good job of explaining it. Encouraging businesses to clean up Most people agree we need to reduce the level of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. It is a global problem which needs global solutions. One way is to use the power of the world’s markets to provide businesses with a strong incentive to clean up. Carbon Trad

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Singapore's Climate Change Strategy (Part 2)

INDUSTRIES Our Strategy Our approach towards industries is a "win-win" one. We acknowledge that industries in Singapore produce largely for international markets. Therefore, regulations that are too tight may create compliance costs that force industries to relocate elsewhere, with an adverse impact on the Singaporean economy without a significant reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, we will focus on improving the energy efficiency of our industries, which not only lowers the

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Singapore's Climate Change Strategy (Part 1)

I've been reading through the Singapore government's Climate Change Strategy recently, & I'm actually quite impressed by it. The panel seems to have explored every possible area in which the climate change issue can be addressed, & the policies mentioned seem sound & pragmatic (of course, reports like these are often beautifully written but don't reveal the entire reality, however in this case I'm being positive & giving them the benefit of the doubt ). I found much of the repo

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1st Singapore Mt Everest Expedition, 1998

In early 1998, we heard that a team of mountaineers from Singapore was planning to try climbing Mt Everest. They were hoping MSS could provide them with weather data, & I remember two of the team (I think Khoo Swee Chiow & Johann Annuar) coming to our office to have a look at what was available. Unlike the days of Edmund Hillary, things are so high-tech now that we were able to email the data to them every day. Since that first expedition, there have been many others, but at the time it

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