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'Nasa warning' of super flood a super hoax, says weather office chief
By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM
THE NATION

 

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Meteorological Department director-general Wanchai Sakudomchai

 

BANGKOK: -- THE METEOROLOGICAL Department has denied a social-media rumour that a devastating flood and super tornado were forecast to hit Bangkok and nearby coastal areas.

 

Authorities said an Internet message warning of disasters was a hoax, while officially forecasting that the capital could receive the normal amount of precipitation this year.

 

The message, which caused concern online, claimed that the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) had issued a warning about extraordinarily heavy rain in Thailand this year due to the warm ocean current caused by El Nino. 

 

The warning also said Bangkok and coastal areas would face a gigantic flood in September, which would rise as high as four-storey buildings, and the country would also be hit by a super tornado.

 

Wanchai Sakudomchai, Meteorological Department director-general, said at a press conference yesterday that people should not worry about the hoax and should monitor official weather predictions issued by his department.

 

“This faulty information has been spread over and over again on the Internet. Many people worry about it and call our department. There is no possibility of Bangkok facing such a big flood and we are not in a tornado region,” Wanchai said.

 

“There is a lot of inaccurate information in this hoax, such as about the warm ocean current named El Nino.”

 

He said El Nino was a phenomenon where the surface of the eastern Pacific Ocean became warmer than usual and caused the Americas to experience heavy rain and floods. In that situation, Southeast Asia faces arid conditions similar to those during the major drought two years ago.

 

Wanchai forecast that flooding would be a moderate in Thailand this year, as the weather prediction model indicated that the country would receive about 10 per cent more rain than average and there would not be a big flood such as in 2011.

 

“The situation this year differs from 2011, as that year we faced a La Nina situation, which caused greater rain than usual in the region. Moreover, we expect to face two tropical storms this year, which is average,” he said. “There will be floods in the low-lying area of the Central Plain, but this is a natural phenomenon that occurs every year and people should not panic. If the department discovers any threat of natural disaster, we will inform the public immediately.”

 

He said recent heavy rains in Bangkok were a result of a southwestern monsoon, which was normal during the rainy season.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30316972

 
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I'm not certain of this, but I think the actual analysis and forecasting is done by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), whereas NASA handles the operations of the satellites.

A lot more people know about NASA from movies, news, etc than NOAA.

Story probably written by the same guy who sent me the email last week saying he was Melania Trump, that if I sent money I would get a whole lot more in return.

 

 

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5 hours ago, bendejo said:

I'm not certain of this, but I think the actual analysis and forecasting is done by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), whereas NASA handles the operations of the satellites.

A lot more people know about NASA from movies, news, etc than NOAA.

Story probably written by the same guy who sent me the email last week saying he was Melania Trump, that if I sent money I would get a whole lot more in return.

 

 

Was the same Melania Trump from Nigeria ?

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1 minute ago, hotchilli said:

Hope it doesn't turn into a "Michael Fish" moment !

For those who do not know Michael Fish.

I will explain, he was a weather man on the BBC, who said we will get light showers, and it turned into a major storm.

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15 minutes ago, colinneil said:

For those who do not know Michael Fish.

I will explain, he was a weather man on the BBC, who said we will get light showers, and it turned into a major storm.

I remember Colin,

Always thought it was an apt name for a weatherman in England....:tongue:

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48 minutes ago, colinneil said:

For those who do not know Michael Fish.

I will explain, he was a weather man on the BBC, who said we will get light showers, and it turned into a major storm.

To be fair to the man, he was answering a viewer's question about the specific area of the country where she lived. 

 

That area was was not affected by the horrendous storms other parts of the country suffered. 

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7 hours ago, halloween said:


The famous words of the Rochester News anchor the day after a forecast of snow didn't happen "Well Bob, what happened to the 8" you promised me last night?"

might help the humour if you mentioned it was  a female anchor who uttered these words.....its on you tube

 

very very funny...the whole team lost it!!

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huh?
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11 hours ago, wirat69 said:

... but Yingluck said there would be no more flooding in Bangkok !!!???

But that was over 3 years ago and I do not think she has had power since then as I understand things have changed and its gone green

 

But blame her if it makes you feel better

 

Me just the thought of water rising as high as four-storey buildings makes me >>>>>

 

I guess we can live in hope maybe.

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5 hours ago, djayz said:

The more of your posts I read, the better I understand your name... ?

It's good you understand better still if you are enlightened by my posts.

I am a good disciple of Buddha.

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