Japan Weather 

First snow falls in Sapporo on Nov 20, the latest date ever recorded in history

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, in Sapporo. The capital city of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido saw its first snowfall of the season early on Tuesday (Nov 20), which matches the latest date ever recorded in history. Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun, quoting the Sapporo District Meteorological Observatory, reported on Tuesday that the date was 23 days later than the first snowfall in an average year. It was also 28 days later than last year’s. The last time snow first fell on Nov 20, marking the…

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Singapore Weather 

Wetter weather, warm nights expected in late June

SINGAPORE: Keep that brolly handy – wetter weather is expected in the second half of June compared to the past two weeks, the Meteorological Service said on Thursday (Jun 14). Short, thundery showers are predicted on five to seven days, mostly in the late morning and afternoon. On two or three days, widespread thundery showers with gusty winds can be expected early in the morning. The overall rainfall for June is likely to be above average over most parts of Singapore, the Met Service said. However, there will be no respite…

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Singapore Weather 

Heavy rain causes flash floods in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Flash floods were reported in at least two locations on Monday afternoon (Apr 23) amid heavy rain over parts of Singapore. National water agency PUB tweeted at about 1.25pm, warning of a flash flood at the slip road from Stevens Road to Balmoral Road. Motorists were advised to avoid the area. At about 1.55pm, PUB said flash floods at the junction of Gilstead Road and Dunearn Road affected all two lanes there. Both flash floods have since subsided. Moderate to heavy rain with gusty winds had been forecast for the afternoon over many…

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Singapore Weather 

More showers expected for first half of March: Weatherman

SINGAPORE – More thundery showers can be expected in the first half of March compared to last month due to the north-east monsoon, said the Meterological Service Singapore (MSS). The showers are likely to take place in the afternoon on seven to nine days, due to the daytime heat, said the MSS in a statement on Thursday (March 1). On some days, the showers are likely to extend into the evening, added the MSS. Overall, the forecasted rainfall is likely to be “near normal” and temperatures will range between 23…

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China Weather 

Three airports shut, five bus stops collapse after heavy snowfall in China

SHANGHAI – At least three Chinese airports have been shut and nine others are experiencing extensive delays because of heavy snowfall, Chinese aviation data provider VariFlight said on Thursday (Jan 4). The national observatory put China’s snow alert on its second-highest level this week, state news agency Xinhua said. Parts of the central, northern and eastern regions could see up to 30cm of snow, it said. VariFlight said Hefei Xinqiao International Airport, Fuyang Xiguan Airport in eastern Anhui province, and Jining Qufu Airport in coastal Shandong province had been shut.…

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Asia Floods Manila Philipines Weather 

Rescuers search for dozens missing after Philippine storm

Kai-Tak hit the country’s third-largest island Samar, tearing through a region devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan four years ago AFP/ALREN BERONIO MANILA: Rescuers used bulldozers to dig through mountains of mud in the eastern Philippines to search for more than 30 people missing after a powerful storm triggered landslides on the weekend, authorities said Monday (Dec 18). Tropical Storm Kai-Tak continued to drag its way westward across the archipelago nation Monday after leaving at least 28 dead over the weekend from drowning and landslides, the government monitoring agency said. Most…

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Accident Singapore SMRT Weather 

SMRT train driver warded after lightning strike incident ‘in stable condition’: CGH

SINGAPORE: The train driver who was warded after a train stalled due to a possible lightning strike is “in stable condition”, Changi General Hospital (CGH) said on Tuesday (Nov 21). “We are unable to share more due to patient’s confidentiality and privacy,” the hospital said in a statement. At about 3.37pm on Monday, a “cloud-to-ground lightning stroke” was detected close to the Tanah Merah MRT station, according to the Meteorological Service Singapore. The train stalled as it was approaching Bedok MRT station on Monday afternoon. Passengers were detrained at Bedok and the…

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Hong Kong Weather 

Hong Kong braces for typhoon Khanun

Hong Kong braced for typhoon Khanun, with authorities raising the third-highest weather warning signal early on Sunday and some transport services in the Asian financial hub shutting down because of the strong winds. The Hong Kong skyline is seen from the Peak June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files HONG KONG: Hong Kong braced for typhoon Khanun, with authorities raising the third-highest weather warning signal early on Sunday and some transport services in the Asian financial hub shutting down because of the strong winds. Khanun is about 260 kilometres (160 miles) to…

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Singapore Weather 

Singapore faces more weather extremes as world warms

A woman using a newspaper to shade herself from the morning sun and sweltering heat at Yishun. PHOTO: ST FILE Experts’ warning comes as weather events wreak havoc elsewhere As with the rest of the world, Singapore, too, will face more extreme conditions as the world warms, experts told The Sunday Times as recent weather events continue to wreak havoc in the northern hemisphere. Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, is hurtling its way through the Caribbean and will reach the Florida coastline today, where…

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SAF SAFRA Singapore USA Weather 

RSAF’s 4 Chinooks delivering relief supplies in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath: Ng Eng Hen

The Republic of Singapore Air Force have been assisting the Texas Army National Guard in Hurricane Harvey relief operations. PHOTO: FACEBOOK / NG ENG HEN SINGAPORE – The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) have been assisting the Texas Army National Guard in Hurricane Harvey relief operations. In a Facebook post on Tuesday (Sept 5) afternoon, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said that the RSAF’s four Chinook helicopters have flown 14 sorties to deliver relief supplies so far. “Hurricane Harvey’s destructive force and floods has displaced nearly 1 million people and…

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