Tropical Storm Pabuk
Well, this Phuket Weather Blog started way back in 2006, but I more or less stopped updating several years ago due to time constraints and the fact that Phuket weather is not really so exciting. Mostly hot, a good chance of hot and sunny, and even if it rains it's still hot. Low season (from about mid May to mid October) is wetter on average than high season, but for sure you can get wet days in high season just as you get lovely sunny days in low season. It's tropical weather, but normally the bad weather is not that bad. A bit of wind and rain, but we don't get huge storms, and (at least in written record) there has never been a Typhoon strength storm hit Phuket, and only 1 to hit Thailand (Typhoon Gay in 1989 which hit my wife's home town Chumphon). So I kind of got bored blogging the weather, though I do often mention weather on Twitter - follow me @jamiemonk!
Latest updates see further down. Storm has gone now. Nothing to worry about. We had a bit of rain. Parts of the mainland especially in Nakhon Si Thammarat province had some flooding and there was some minor damage here and there in Nakhon and Surat. Koh Samui had some rough seas and rain, but nothing serious.
(written 3 January)
Well this week we have something to mention. Tropical Storm Pabuk seems to be heading this way. Currently off the east coast bringing rain to Nakhorn Si Thammarat and Surat Thani and Songkhla provinces. The storm has been heading here for a few days from the seas south of Vietnam and while it is not a Typhoon strength storm, it looks like it'll bring plenty of rain, so east coast areas should be wary of flooding. Current location - see image below from the excellent Windy website.
The storm track was heading up the coast and crossing the Thai mainland some way north of Phuket, but this seems to be changing. The track on the Windy website - see https://www.windy.com/?7.507,99.808,9 now has the storm passing over Krabi province during Friday evening and being more or less over Phuket on Saturday. So it could be getting very wet indeed for a couple of days!
Another good website to follow - TropicalStormRisk
And you can see latest rain radar images on this weather blog:
Phuket Weather Radar
Krabi Weather Radar
And check the Windguru forecast also.
And there is a very good Satellite image here : http://www.sattmet.tmd.go.th/satmet/mergesat.html
Keep up with latest Phuket news - aside from following me on Twitter, Richard Barrow will be a good one to follow for news. Also The Phuket News website and on Facebook.
Boat trips / dive trips have been cancelled out of Phuket for the 4th and 5th and ferries from Phi Phi won't be running either. On the east coast of Thailand I believe ferries to Samui / Koh Tao / Koh Pha Ngan are also affected as well as flights to Samui / Surat Thani and Nakhorn Si Thammarat. If you have urgent travel plans in the next few days ... check everything!
I'll be in the dive shop next 2 days unless Saturday is really shitty, then I might stay home. Let's see what happens. I recall a storm some years ago heading across the Gulf of Thailand, and we went to bed expecting to wake up to heavy rain and wind, but we woke up to blue skies - the storm had turned north. So .. let's see. Keep tuned to news and Twitter. See you on the other side.
UPDATE Friday evening 4th January
Getting a little rain in Phuket now (7pm). Latest storm tracking suggests Pabuk will pass north of Phuket (see Tropical Storm Risk). Latest Satellite image shows plenty rain on the mainland in Krabi and Nakorn Si Thammarat and storm seem to be moving mostly northwards. See below.
During the night we may get some heavier rain, or during tomorrow morning. Let's see!
Saturday morning update 5th January. Nothing happened. Storm broke up / dissipated, we had a few breezes and a few drips of rain last night. I reckon it'll be sunny by the afternoon.
(above) Satellite image animation 10am Saturday 5th January - storm all but gone and north of Phuket. Later on Saturday we had some rain, but just rain, nothing to write home about. Nothing to see here.
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