Archive | March 8, 2012

Heavy rainfall and Flood in Malaysia (Updates) 08/09 March 2012

It has been a tough day for fellow Malaysians especially in the West Peninsula of Malaysia. Heavy rainfall has been recorded in almost the entire West Peninsula from as north as the states of Perlis until the south of the states of Johor. The following images are obtained from the Drainage and Irrigation Department of Malaysia for the states of Selangor and also Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. It is clearly visible that these central area of Peninsula Malaysia is experiencing heavy rain fall ranging from 60mm to over 180mm in the duration of 48 hours. The Malaysian Meterological Department had also issued a Orange Stage (Second Category) heavy rainfall warning for this area and as updated earlier, much of the metropolitan city is currently under water due to flashflood by this heavy rainfall in approximately 3 – 4 hours of none stop heavy rain. This heavy precipitation condition is expected to continue until early Friday morning. The current episode of heavy rainfall in the Peninsula Malaysia is caused by the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Have more read on it HERE

Aside from the Federal Territory, other states are experiencing the similar weather. Over the northern region, the states of Perlis and Kedah has been experiencing some heavy precipitation over the past 48 hours
resulting some flashflood over
several low lying area. Several main river in the states has been reported to be bursting affecting area around the river bank to be flooded but as the sky is clear today though it is cloudy, the water level is expected to recede further thus not wreaking any flood havoc that will further aggravate the situation.

Also, with regards to the current flood situation in the Peninsula Malaysia for the past two days, hereby I would like to provide some useful link as reference for flood and heavy rain updates across the states in Malaysia.
For latest floods update, the following link are useful
For updates on damage road or inaccessible route due to flashflood and landslides page for updates

For rainfall and water level

For latest weather forecast, heavy rain warning and radar images

Please do update me if there is any additional link that is found useful to be added as references here. Enclosed below is the latest radar image from the Malaysian Meteorological Department as of 2341 Malaysian Time…

We shall keep our updates from time to time. Stay safe out there and have a good day everyone.

WestPac Wx SE Asia Casters ~Francis~

Largest Solar Flare in Five Years brings Northern Lights, but with a price of GPS and Communication impacts.

The largest Solar Flare in Five years is currently effecting the Earth bringing a torrent of Northern Lights to a great deal of the world’s population, behind all this beauty though you can expect satellite degradation and impacts to communications worldwide. Plus there is the possible impacts on transcontinental flights going over the poles.

The video above is from our partner Solarwatcher and his analysis on this extreme event.

Australia Cyclone Update 8-9 March 2012

OZCYCLONECHASERS latest look at the Northern Territory LOW and the WA LOW. Where are they likely to go and are they expected to become cyclones?

Click for BOM Tropical Warnings