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BANGKOK 23 March 2019 22:07
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Weather report. Dry!

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Here in Mahasarakham it has been hot and dry. My ponds/dams are the lowest I have ever seen them and might dry out for the first time ever.

 

I put it down to the mediocre wet season last year. Enough rain to get a crop of rice in, but we missed the torrential, flooding rains we normally get in August.

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Same in Trang region. The grass is turning/turned brown, tree leaves falling off in droves, bone dry winds. Brilliant for the tourists in the islands down here but a real worry otherwise. Most lakes and streams are dried up.


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Hottest and driest in 10 years in Udon. Yes, it is the dry season but you should average 2 days of rain a month here. In 4 months, one day. Only put a jumper or jacket on one night (New years eve) and early one morning all winter.

 

A statistical outlier, or the start of the future climate?

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Mornings are still quite cold in Chiang Rai. Chiang Mai is hotter.

Nothing unusual about it being dry in winter here.

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During the winter months the weather can be very localised. Up until 3 years ago the rain would stop in November and not see any again until around April, one year it was June, the wells had run out in March, lived on stored water for a couple of months before having to start buying it.

Last 3 years it has rained during the winter months, had some a few days ago here on the inland side of Chonburi, and water hasn't been a problem. Last dry winter I spent weeks laying pipes all around the garden for a sprinkler system, haven't used it since.

Temperature wise, it's the coolest overnights in February I have ever known, probably due to a lower humidity, the same temperature can feel warmer when the humidity is up.

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50km south of Khon Kaen.

Winter lows went down each year by 2C for the past 3 years, reaching 10C, this year not lower than 14C.

Temp (  shade ) already reached 38C and many days with RH levels of 20-25%.    Now around 34 - 36C.

Nights RH rises but as soon as sun is up quickly drops.

The wind has been coming off the China deserts ever since winter started hence the dry conditions.

Grass near to a water source and at a lower level than the surrounding land, still showing green where soil improvement crops have been planted ( first time ever seen ).

Having started farming at age 15 in 1961 and worked in many countries, perhaps Thai farmers will start / need to look at forage production for their livestock.  Also look at water usage and storage.    Both on an alternative / low cost basis.

 

I had my own farm in South America for some years.   The land was on the bottom half of a slope which drained in to pampas and wetland, a very wide valley and hills on the opposite side.    The family on the top of the slope were traditional well diggers and grew cotton only as a cash crop.    They had made no attempt to find water on their own land ( apart from outside their back door ), although rocky there were areas were a well could be dug and there was sweet water close to the border fence with my land.    Every year they had insufficient water.    On my own land I dug a well by hand and every dry season went down the well and dug a little deeper.   I modified the way to grow vegetables using a variation on the bed system so even in dry weather night time moisture could collect around the crops.     I inter-cropped in each row cassava with beans so should one crop fail there would hopefully be a different one for eating and selling.   It also gave me two crops from the same area of land.  My point here is that things ARE changing on the climate front and farmers should forget the 10 year plan, think what they can do now.   It does not have to be expensive.   I have never heard of farmers co-operatives here that help the older generation farmers with information  - do they exist ?

 

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On 2/13/2019 at 11:05 AM, Bournville said:

For the past 6 weeks in either Bangkok or Krabi area... Zero rainfall. It appears to be the same in Chiang Mai too according to freinds there.

Dec-April it 'never' rains in CM.

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33 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

Dec-April it 'never' rains in CM.

But girl, don't they warn ya.  It pours, man it pours.

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1 hour ago, sandyf said:

Temperature wise, it's the coolest overnights in February I have ever known, probably due to a lower humidity, the same temperature can feel warmer when the humidity is up.

It most certainly is not due to LOWER humidity.

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2 hours ago, Speedo1968 said:

50km south of Khon Kaen.

Winter lows went down each year by 2C for the past 3 years, reaching 10C, this year not lower than 14C.

Temp (  shade ) already reached 38C and many days with RH levels of 20-25%.    Now around 34 - 36C.

Nights RH rises but as soon as sun is up quickly drops.

The wind has been coming off the China deserts ever since winter started hence the dry conditions.

Grass near to a water source and at a lower level than the surrounding land, still showing green where soil improvement crops have been planted ( first time ever seen ).

Having started farming at age 15 in 1961 and worked in many countries, perhaps Thai farmers will start / need to look at forage production for their livestock.  Also look at water usage and storage.    Both on an alternative / low cost basis.

 

I had my own farm in South America for some years.   The land was on the bottom half of a slope which drained in to pampas and wetland, a very wide valley and hills on the opposite side.    The family on the top of the slope were traditional well diggers and grew cotton only as a cash crop.    They had made no attempt to find water on their own land ( apart from outside their back door ), although rocky there were areas were a well could be dug and there was sweet water close to the border fence with my land.    Every year they had insufficient water.    On my own land I dug a well by hand and every dry season went down the well and dug a little deeper.   I modified the way to grow vegetables using a variation on the bed system so even in dry weather night time moisture could collect around the crops.     I inter-cropped in each row cassava with beans so should one crop fail there would hopefully be a different one for eating and selling.   It also gave me two crops from the same area of land.  My point here is that things ARE changing on the climate front and farmers should forget the 10 year plan, think what they can do now.   It does not have to be expensive.   I have never heard of farmers co-operatives here that help the older generation farmers with information  - do they exist ?

 

The problem is that nobody is really sure how global warming will pan out,for some it will mean less rain than normal for some it will mean floods where drought is the norm.Reading this thread people seem to think global warming just means less rain and more sun but the supercomputers have different scenarios,time will tell.

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4 hours ago, Vacuum said:

It most certainly is not due to LOWER humidity.

And how would you explain the lack of condensation on a glass of cold water.

 

Humidity this afternoon is 59%, forecast 61 tomorrow and back down to around 54 early part of the week, good bit lower than the yearly average of 77%.

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The hottest winter ever in Bangkok.  Maybe 3 days when I didn't have to run the AC.

I can remember 2 whole months where I didn't have to run it.  I don't expect any rain

in the winter months but the incessant heat (and now the smog!!!) are making me look

elsewhere for winter residence.

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