Inconveniently sat just where we wanted to go, this Cumulonimbus Cloud was on the approach track to Ho Chi Minh’s runway 27R at sunset yesterday evening. Luckily, with it being isolated like this and not particularly large, we were able to pick our way around it and land without too much trouble.
This post is mainly directed at two of our regular readers who, whilst staying with us recently, experienced some unusual night-time Katabatic winds coming down from the hills that are in the background of the photo. Sleep was not easy for a couple of nights! For them, this photo is evidence to prove that that really was unusual weather. For the rest of you, please just enjoy the calm, reflective photo.
The Asian typhoon season has not begun in earnest as yet, but we have already had some spectacular storms roll through Hong Kong.
100 kph winds, torrential rain and spectacular lightning were a feature of this little monster, which took the atmosphere from calm to chaos in a matter of 30 seconds and then completely blew through within 15 minutes. It’s brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and close friends have all delighted in having a pop at us over the last few weeks, causing minor damage and nuisance; Mummy and Daddy storm have yet to make an appearance and I’m not much looking forward to those events!
I was always going to struggle with writing anything so dramatic after yesterday’s blog entry, but have tried to match it with the title at least! The legacy of Typhoon Vicente has lingered all through yesterday and today; the rain has hardly let up at all and the skies have remained leaden and threatening. This being Hong Kong, commerce and business have not been slow to recover, but transport systems have taken a little longer to get back to normality. Towards the end of the day, I got fed up with being cooped in all day and decided to go get wet – and I felt so much better for it. I think the gaudy statue is supposed to represent the unique Chinese pink dolphins that inhabit the waters around here; perhaps one day I’ll be lucky enough to see one in the flesh.
One of the more frustrating and depressing days of my life. 9 hours spent cooped up in this tiny departure lounge in Cornwall, with nothing to do; desperate for the fog to clear and to be able to make the short 30 minute flight to The Scilly Isles, where 4 days of fun with friends was waiting. It was destined not to be today and the forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look good either. We retired very hurt to a local B&B to sleep and the local pub to drown our sorrows.
Whatever happened to Global Warming? This is the type of required outdoor clothing in Hong Kong right now. At 13 degrees with a 25 mph wind it feels pretty cold, especially to locals more used to 30+. As we headed north and west towards Paris, though, it became apparent that Hong Kongers were getting off pretty lightly. Here are the temperatures of places near to our route as we passed them.
Guangzhou +12, Chengdu +2, Xian -2, Lanzhou -14, Beijing -2, Ulanbataar -32, Urumqi -20, Irkutsk -16, Abakan -35, Karaganda -30, Astana -25, Novosibirsk -31, Ykaterinerberg -28, Samara -20, Moscow -17, Warsaw -12, Frankfurt -5, Paris -6.
For comparison, Kiev which has been getting a lot of attention in the news, was -23, Bournemouth was a balmy +2 and Chamonix, where we’re heading next, was forecasting a max temp tomorrow of -12 with a mid-mountain low of -23.
Break out the thermals!