Posts Tagged ‘weather’

Haze, Low Clouds, Pollution?

December 26, 2009

I shouldn’t be so complacent about the good cool-season weather we are experiencing in Bangkok while my European and North American friends are freezing. This is the view from the apartment about 10am on Boxing Day morning.
Haze, Mist, Pollution?
I don’t know if it is just mist or pollution but it isn’t very attractive. The atmosphere feels heavier than it did a day ago.

Nevertheless I prefer this to freezing temperatures and snow.

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I Confess

December 23, 2009

To a self-satisfied grin when I saw this headline on the British Daily Mail newspaper on sale on Sukhumvit Road yesterday.

Why Can't We Cope in the Snow?
“Why Can’t We Cope in the Snow?” indeed! I remember trudging in the snow to school, college, shopping and work when I lived in England. Trains stuck in the snow, road accidents, tripping and falling. It was all part of life every winter, and it still is. Every day I read of chaos on Eurostar and heavy storms on the East Coast of North America.

But here in Thailand there are lots of inconveniences and annoyances, but in the cool season the weather is perfect for me.

I’ve noticed many foreign tourists in Bangkok this year. Christmas week should be one of the best weeks of the season. I think tourists have forgotten about last year’s political chaos in Thailand and the closing of Bangkok’s airports. They’re coming for a warm holiday in the sun. At last Thailand is delivering.

Beautiful Bangkok Winter Morning

December 20, 2009

I saw this article from the New York Times when I got up this morning. Then I looked out of my window and saw this:

Bangkok Morning from the Apartment

Bangkok Morning from the Apartment. Best viewed large on Flickr.

I couldn’t resist taking a panorama photo and posting it to Flickr.

If you are suffering from the cold, maybe there are standby seats available on the next flight to Bangkok. Think about it!

I’m typing this with the windows wide open and a cool breeze blowing through the apartment: no aircon needed. The loudest noises I can hear are people playing tennis on the court outside.

If I’d got up earlier I would have taken a bus to the seaside in Pattaya. It’s an easy trip from Bangkok and the traffic is reasonable on weekends. I’ll find somewhere else nice to go. I should be an earlier riser: it will get hot later.

On a technical note: I show panoramas using different focal lengths. This one is 24mm and it came out well. The other four came out with banding in the sky. The Photoshop CS4 “merge to panorama” tool did not blend the pictures well. I took them all with a consistent exposure at F8.

This one is fine and I don’t feel like being a perfectionist today.

Snow in England

December 18, 2009

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8419764.stm.

This is one of the many times I remember I am fortunate to live in Thailand. The weather is glorious here! It’s about 25 degrees with humidity only 35%. The skies are quite clear and I can see for miles from the apartment.
Good View to the North

Here’s a comparison of the BBC Weather Forecasts for Bangkok, London and San Francisco. You can click on a picture to see it full-size.

Here are links to the current forecasts:

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Watching the Rain

October 5, 2009

Watching the Rain
We had a sudden downpour this morning and I was almost soaked when I had my dentist’s appointment.

I had to shelter in the dentist’s building until the rain stopped. Of course I got bored and tried to take some pictures. None of them were much good apart from this one of a boy watching the rain.

I admit I fiddled with it extensively in Lightroom to get the look that I wanted. I’m not completely happy with it: it is not obvious that it is raining and maybe his head is a tad over-exposed.

I’m not patient enough to be a great photographer. I should have use one of those graduated filters in Lightroom I still have not had the time to learn about.

You can use the Lightroom Preset Extractor so you can make pictures just like mine! Go ahead, I promise I won’t sue you.

What a Grey Day!

October 1, 2009

What a Grey Day!
It rained and drizzled all night last night. When I got up this morning I could not see the Baiyoke Tower for all the mist. It feels like an autumn day in England with a distinct chill in the air.

I remember how lucky we are in Bangkok compared with the people who lost everything or died in the Philippines and Samoa recently. A little bit of rain is nothing. It hasn’t even flooded the soi outside.

Still for the poor people in Bangkok life must be pretty rotten today. It’s easy for me to pontificate from the safety and luxury of the apartment high above it all with electricity and clean water.

Under the Weather

September 7, 2009

I am still suffering from my cold and the weather is not conducive to photography.

I had a meeting at 1pm and I wanted to take a leisurely walk around the Din Daeng district taking photos for another Every Trail walk. A walk through a district of Bangkok few visitors see. Unfortunately it’s taken to raining in the early afternoon these days so I had to take a taxi home. Most disappointing.

I feel lost if I don’t have a good batch of photos to catalog, perfect and post somewhere for the evening. I feel I am missing something of this amazing city.

Ah well, just like England, the weather will change again soon. “If you don’t like the weather, wait half an hour.”

Bangkok Flooded – Thailand Forum

September 1, 2009

Bangkok Flooded – Thailand Forum.

Thaivisa.com must be the biggest Internet forum for expatriate Westerners to exchange information and, yes, complain. It has an enormous amount of content but the quality is variable.

When I first came here I tried to renew my visa without the aid of an attorney. I got confused about what documents Immigration wanted and asked on-line. I got a large amount of feedback, some good and others just plain wrong.

This article about flooding in Bangkok is perennial, unfortunately. The whole city isn’t under water but large areas do flood when it rains. And it rained heavily on Sunday night.

Indeed the soi outside my apartment regular floods to a depth of almost a foot (estimate). Motorcycles and cars can still drive but it must be awful to walk through. All the houses have a ramp up to their front doors.

Here’s a photo I posted to Flickr in June about it:

Flooding in the Soi