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Nari watch (Wednesday update)

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Nari entered Thailand as a much-weakened low pressure system, but significant rainfall has been reported in the northeast and eastern regions of the country. Bangkok, too, has seen rain. 

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Storm watching is a serious activity for people in the flooded areas of Thailand. Many of the best weather sources are in English and our coverage will give you a head start in using them.

This Accu weather forecast for Ubon Ratchathani indicates rain is on the way and it could stay for quite a while. (Accuweather.com)

Wednesday updates

Nari entered Thailand as a much-weakend low pressure system, but rain, some of it heavy has spread across a wide area, including Bangkok. Hardest hit have been areas in the northeastern and eastern parts of the country. Reports from Mukdahan and Ubon Ratchathani report rainfalls of between 30mm and 100mm. More rainfall is expected. It is not clear yet how this will affect the flood situation, but it can't be helpful.

11:00am  Yes, Nari paid a visit to Bangkok where heavy rain downed this tree on Ploenchit near the British Embassy. The highest rainfall in the metropolitan area was recorded in Minburi at 95mm.

Photo by Kosol Nakachol.

14:50

Here is a photo taken yesterday BEFORE the latest rains. It shows Wat Bang Tan, in tambon Bang Tan of Prachin Buri’s Ban Sang district, which remains under about 1.5 metres of water as runoff from the Prachin Buri River spreads and flows into the Bang Pakong River behind the temple. Given the latest rain, Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi's prediction that the flooding will be gone by next month may be a bit optimistic.

Photo from our remote helicopter by Sithikorn Wongwudthianun.

15:10: Here is a photo from today that just came in from Sithikorn. He was headed out on the motorway to cover the bad flooding in the Pattaya area. I'm not sure how far he got.

Photo from our remote helicopter by Sithikorn Wongwudthianun.

15:30:

Is the rain over? Here's the latest weather radar image from Surin. (Thai Meteorological Dept.)

 15:50 Some photos of the Pattaya flooding have been posted to the Weather Lovers FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/WeatherLoverClub

 18:20 Reports are coming in that many factories shut down production lines today at the Wellgrow Industrial Estate in Bang Pakong, Chachoengsao (Bang Na-Trat Rd. (Km. 36). Here's a photo that just came in. (Post Today photo.)

Tuesday stories

20:00 Interestingly there was not a word about Nari in the first 30 minutes of the TPS news tonight even though the latest satellite image seems to show that something is happening here in Thailand. Let's wait and see what happens tonight and tomorrow.

7:30pm satellite image via wunderground.com

16:30  It appears that the satellite images and radar maps are making the situation appear worse than it is. In its latest report, the Thai Meteorological Department insists the storm will weaken significantly before reaching Thailand and the rain will be light to moderate with isolated heavy rain.

15:00  Lots of reports of rain coming in from the Northeast (Ubon Ratchathani, Roi Et, Mukdahan) but much of it still very light. "Good sleeping weather," said one FB user.

Nari watch

Typhoon Nari is expected to make landfall in Vietnam very shortly. It has not yet received a lot of attention here, but Vietnamese authorities are taking it very seriously, evacuating 180,000 people from coastal areas.

A satellite view of Typhoon Nari from early this morning. It is coming to Thailand. The only questions are where and how much it will have weakened by the time it enters the Kingdom. (UW-CIMSS)


All weather agencies are predicting it will continue on through Laos and into Thailand later today and tomorrow. The only questions are exactly where it will enter the Kingdom and how much it will have weakened by then.

The big worry is that heavy rainfall will again hit the badly flooded areas in the eastern part of the country. Torrential rain is expected in parts of Vietnam.

"Very strong winds are expected. There might be heavy rains of up to 500mm [20 inches] over the next few days," the head of Vietnam's national weather forecast centre was quoted by AFP as saying.

Even a small portion of that could be problematic for Thailand's eastern region where flood waters have been receding, but much water remains on the ground.

Noon weather radar image from Surin showing quite a bit of rain already in the area. (Thai Meteorological Department )

Thus far, the Thai Meteorological Department has the course of the storm going further north, entering the country as a tropical storm or depression and then weakening further. The 4am report says provinces most affected will be Bung Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Nong Khai, Amnart Charoen, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.

This October 6 photo shows heavily flooded Warin Chamrap district of Ubon Ratchathani. The weather forecast there must have people worried. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Both Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani have been heavily flooded recently, so more rain will not be welcome there.

Here are three of the English language sources I used this morning to get up to date on what is happening.

http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/#  Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
Space Science and Engineering Center  /  University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-CIMSS)

http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/western-pacific/2013/Typhoon-Nari?map=sat

http://www.accuweather.com/en/th/ubon-ratchathani/321409/hourly-weather-forecast/321409

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Vocabulary:

appear: to seem - ดูเหมือนจะ, ดูเหมือนว่า

attention: interest, especially interest that the public has in a person, event, situation etc - ความสนใจ

authority: a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ

coastal: of an area of land beside the sea - แนวชายฝั่งทะเล

course: the direction, route or path that a boat, ship, storm, etc. travels - เส้นทาง, แนวทาง, วิถีทาง

coverage: the reporting of news and sport in newspapers and on the radio and television - การรายงานข่าว

depression: an area where the air pressure is low, often causing heavy rain - พายุดีเปรสชัน

embassy: a building where a group of officials work who represent their government in a foreign country - สถานทูต

evacuate: to cause to leave a place because it is not safe - เคลื่อนย้ายออกจาก

forecast: a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now - การพยากรณ์, การคาดการณ์

head start: an advantage over other people in the same situation as you, especially in a competition; a situation in which you start a race before your opponent or from a position that is further ahead - การเริ่มต้นก่อนทำให้ได้เปรียบคนอื่น

indicate: to show that something is true, exists or will happen - แสดง, ทำให้รู้

insist: to keep saying very firmly that something is true - ยืนกราน ยืนยัน

isolated: set apart from; disconnected from - แยกออกมา ตั้งอยู่เดี่ยวๆ

landfall: the place where a storm coming from the sea first hits land - การเข้าหาแผ่นดิน

Meteorological Department: the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future - กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา

metropolitan: relating to a large city - เกี่ยวกับเมืองใหญ่

moderate: neither very great nor very small in strength, size, amount or degree - ระดับปานกลาง

predict: to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience - คาดการณ์ว่า พยากรณ์จากสถิติว่า

quote: to repeat the words that someone else has said or written - ยกคำพูดมา

runoff: rainfall that cannot be taken in by the soil and which flows into rivers, lakes or the sea - น้ำหลาก, ปริมาณของเหลวที่ไหลออก

satellite: an electronic device that is sent into space and moves around the earth or another planet. It is used for communicating by radio, television, etc. and for providing information - ดาวเทียม

situation: all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์

source: a place where information comes from; someone who gives information - แหล่ง

spread: to gradually affect or cover a larger area - แพร่กระจาย

torrential (rain): extremely heavy (rain) - ซึ่งไหลเชี่ยว

tropical storm: the first level of dangerous storm: "A tropical storm is an organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds between 34 knots (39 mph) and 64 knots (74 mph). At this point, the distinctive cyclonic shape starts to develop, although an eye is not usually present. Government weather services first assign names to systems that reach this intensity (thus the term named storm)" (Source: Wikipedia) - พายุโซนร้อน, พายุดีเปรสชันที่มีกำลังแรงขึ้น เกิดขึ้นในเขตร้อน ความเร็วลมบริเวณใกล้ศูนย์กลางประมาณ 70-120 กิโลเมตรต่อชั่วโมง [พจนานุกรมศัพท์ สสวท.]

typhoon: a tropical storm with strong winds that move in circles - พายุไต้ฝุ่น

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