Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

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Typhoon to blame for September rain

Posted by Kimberly on October 18, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 18, 2007, page 2 (465 words)

September appeared to be in line with the oscillation that seems to have taken place over the past few months in terms of rainfall. While June produced an incredible amount of rain, July was barely a fraction, with August returning to rainy season weather and September producing a quarter of the preceding month’s figure.
September’s total rainfall was 84.4mm as opposed to August’s 343.8mm. August saw the effects of typhoon Sepat around the 11th, resulting in most of that’s month’s rainfall.
September had typhoon Francisco to thank for the largest proportion of rainfall between the 23rd and 25th of that month.
Other than those two days, last month only saw rainfall of 21.4mm and 0.4mm on September 4 and 9 respectively.
September’s winds predominantly arrived from the north, with average wind speed over the month of 12.9 km/h.
September 23 was the month’s windiest day, occurring just prior to typhoon Francisco, recording a wind speed of 29km/h. Meanwhile, the lowest wind speed occurred on September 17, at 6km/h. Read the rest of this entry »

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August: It was humid and a lot wetter

Posted by Kimberly on October 4, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 4, 2007, page 4 (430 words)

Macau saw a return to rainy season weather in August with total rainfall of 343.8mm falling over the course of the month, a significant change from July’s 39.2mm, according to figures provided by the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau.
The high increase in rainfall was due to tropical cyclone Pabuk which saw the number 3 signal hoisted.
The days with the highest rainfall recorded occurred between August 6 and 11, where 167.8mm or 49 percent fell.
Additionally, Macau only had seven days without any rainfall whatsoever while July had 21 days without rainfall.
The highest rainfall recorded in one day occurred on August 10 which saw 54.8mm or rainfall.
This was a significant change from July’s highest rainfall at 16.0mm but nowhere near June’s highest day of rainfall, at 177.4mm.
The prevailing direction of wind in August seemed to occur south-easterly, with the average wind speed for August recorded at 12.4km/h.
This wasn’t much different to July’s average of 15.0km/h which was mainly in a southerly direction.
The highest average wind speed recorded on any one day occurred on August 9 at 23km/h. Read the rest of this entry »

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August: a little wetter and more like normal

Posted by Kimberly on September 9, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 9, 2007, page 6 (494 words)

After the excessive dryness of July, Macau’s rainfall got back to normal last month.
The Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau recorded 343.8 mm of rain, a vast improvement on July’s 39.2 mm.
August’s rainfall level was more in keeping with that of June’s which totalled 408.6 mm.
And while there were only nine days last month that saw rain, August saw rain fall on a total of 24 days.
The highest rainfall occurred on August 10 (54.8 mm) while the lowest, that is, at least some rainfall, occurred on August 12 and 24 (0.2 mm).
Last month started out poorly, with a total of only 10.2 mm falling over the course of the first five days.
And then the longest period of continuous rainfall in some degree or other occurred, between August 6 and August 18.
Rainfall over three days in August added up to more than a third of the rainfall for the entire month, with those days averaging 118.8 mm.
Those levels in turn affected the temperature, whose total average was 27.9 degrees Celsius, lower than July’s 29.1 degrees and June’s 28.0 degrees. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 2007-the month they turned off the big tap in the sky

Posted by Kimberly on August 7, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
August 07, 2007, page 5 (436 words)

According to figures provided by the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau, the month of July was incredibly dry with rain falling on only 9 out of 31 days, and total rainfall being just 39.2 mm.
The highest rainfall levels occurred within the first three days of July, averaging 10.4 mm. The city had two separate full weeks where not a single millimetre of rain fell.
Considering June’s total rainfall was 408.6 mm, it’s as if someone has turned off the tap.
The highest rainfall occurred on July 2 (16.0 mm) while the lowest, that is, at least some rainfall, occurred on July 4 (0.2 mm).
That means that the total average temperature for July was 29.1 degrees Celsius, an increase from June’s average of 28.0 degrees.
The average maximum temperature recorded for July was 32.0 degrees while the average minimum was 27.0 degrees. Read the rest of this entry »

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