Attention, the Thai Meteorological Agency, a superstar in weather prognostication, has sounded the gong, reminding us once again of its unmatched alert system. Why, you ask? A formidable monsoon wind is barging across the land, unleashing torrents of rain in its path. It’s not just a drizzle! It’s the cloud enraged, pouring its wrath in drops of water over the nation.
The lowlands and the imposing mountain slopes aren’t spared either. Picture roaring waterfalls cascading down lush green slopes, gushing through forgotten trails, painting the serene lowland a terrifying shade of murky brown – what a sight! For those who call these terrains home and the travelers who dare the adventurous winding roads, vigilance is golden.
Are you nestled safely away from the deluge in the city’s heart? Don’t grin just yet! The monsoon isn’t picky. When emboldened by the rumbling southwestern monsoon winds, it gallantly marches into upper central Thailand. The Andaman Sea is not left out as boats are tossed in the churning waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
The result? A massive outpouring, as if the heavens held a burnished urn, tipped over, spilling rivulets and streams that seep into our everyday hike and commute. Flash floods inevitably lurk and forest runoffs take center stage, providing unexpected river shows that leave behind tales of caution.
The threat of thunderstorms looms, and the air is thick with suspense. One moment everything seems calm, the next, lightning brightens the darkened sky and thunderclaps sound like an orchestra. Navigating the road seas is not for the faint-hearted!
Perhaps your map indicates that you are within the northern, northeastern, eastern, or southern regions. These areas bear the brunt today. The sun may rise again in the morning, but a barrage of monsoon showers may persist, overshadowing the faintest rays with a blanket of thick, grey clouds. It doesn’t look promising for the earlier mentioned regions right up to September 3rd, the somber monsoon warning dictates.
The upper Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand have a tantrum to throw. The temperamental water bodies may toss waves as high as 2-3 meters into the air, an intimidating sight even for the bravest sailors. Thunderstorms promise further fury, creating monstrous waves that could dwarf the tallest men.
However, for those nestled within the lower Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand, a milder scene awaits with waves of 1-2 meters high. But let’s not dismiss the potential rage of thunderstorms.
When the monsoon wakes, even the bravest mariner scamper for cover. Small boats across the upper Andaman Sea and the gulf of Thailand ought to heed the warning and remain docked, the sea isn’t a worthy opponent in this unpredictable weather.
For a trusted source of updates, the Thai Meteorological Department stands as a beacon in the storm, quite literally. A touch of a button on your computer keyboard, a swipe on your phone, and their website, http://www.tmd.go.th, pops open to deliver timely alerts. You can also pick up the phone and dial 0-2399-4012-13 or 1182. Weather updates at your fingertips, isn’t technology grand?
Look out for the next bulletin at 5 pm this evening. And if social media is your muse, follow The Thaiger’s latest stories on their new Facebook page. Just click the link, it’s as simple as that.
No hunger for narrative apologize for the storm, but your safety is paramount. The silver lining is there by September 3rd, and the chaotic winds and merciless rain would be an episode in the past. As we count down the days, let’s watch, listen, and most importantly, stay safe.