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Weekend downpour produced more than 177mm of rain

Posted by Kimberly on June 12, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
June 12, 2007, page 2 (338 words)

 

Despite the recent earth-shattering thunderstorms and incessant rain over the last few days, the Macau Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau recorded a precipitation level of just 177.4 mm today.
That may come as a surprise, yet the highest level of rain recorded for the month of June was approximately 374 mm, more than twice that amount.
“Over the last couple of days there was a trough of low pressure that was lingering around the south China region,” he said.
A trough of low pressure is just an extended area of low pressure but these are considered important because they can lead to the development of low pressure systems. These troughs are responsible for the most severe of thunderstorms as witnessed over the past few days.
“That’s what made the weather in Macau so bad. It brought all the thunderstorms and heavy rain,” said Mr Antonio Viseu, sub-director of the Bureau.
The bad weather won’t be abating any time soon either, according to Mr Viseu.
“The weather will continue to be a little unstable as the trough of low pressure is still lingering around the coastal area of Guangdong province,” he said, adding that all the symptoms of heavy thunderstorms and rainfall can be expected to occur frequently and be heavier than usual.
“This will continue for the rest of the week,” he said.
With various reports on Sunday of collapsed scaffolding, electricity power cuts and even a small landslide, it is hoped that the continuing bad weather will not result in a more dangerous turn of events.
Residents wishing to be provided with a more frequent weather news service from the Bureau can contact their respective telecommunications company to sign up.
The Bureau provides a service that occurs two to three times a day, with a forecast included for the following day.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the annual technical weather conference between Macau, China and the six Portuguese-speaking countries. The conferences aims to enhance the co-operation between the weather bureaus in Macau, the mainland, and the six countries.

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