Friday, 6 January 2017
Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 6th January, 2017
Good morning from a wet and soggy Koh Samui. Yesterday's floods got a lot of attention in local and some international media as well.
It has rained all night long, not hard, but a constant drizzle and possible with some hard showers thrown in for good measure. At this moment it's hard to tell how the flash floods are doing around the island. The road near our house is open, after it was closed down for a few hours yesterday, and has just a little bit of flood water and can easily be passed.
The wind is still forceful and blowing hard at times. All small boats trips have been cancelled but the (Seatran) ferries between Koh Tao-Koh Phangan-Koh Samui are still running at 10am and 1pm
There is currently a drizzle but more and harder rain is expected today, although not as much as yesterday. Enough though to make venturing out of your house not very recommendable if there's no need to go outside, or go too far. Having said that, Koh Samui is safe, as long as you don't do any silly things. Be careful and aware of your surroundings.
The airport still has no activities but the ferries to the mainland should be running. Current temp at 7am is 25C
The floods caused all kinds of problems, small or bigger. Here's a scene around the corner of our house in Plai Laem, moments after the closed road was opened up again, during a lull in the rain and the water receded very quickly, when a car got stuck in little sand bank. Bystanders were there to give a helping hand and within a few minutes the car became mobile again. A blue BMW was not so lucky and got stuck in the middle of the flooded road for several hour and it took another couple of hours before it was towed away.
Yesterday saw one of Koh Samui's worst flooded days, although last month in early December 2016 and November 2010 had it in them as well. There was mayhem all around the island, the road between the Bophud traffic lights and Nathon was closed down and the airport didn't see much airplane movement at all all day long. The schools of our children were closed yesterday.
The mainland got hit worse though, highway bridges collapsed and the trains can't go any further South than in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The East coast and the Gulf of Thailand have been hit badly, worse than the West coast.
Max temp reached 27C
Bang Rak bay. Dark clouds and murky and muddy water all day long combined with a strong wind.
The forecast predicts plenty of rain for today and also rain over the weekend, but each day having less rain compared to the previous day and the wind is dropping off, predicted to have disappeared come Thursday.
Come Monday it should be dry again and possibly the sun may peak through.
Just hold on one more day, the weather situation seems to be improving as of tomorrow.
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