Rawai, Phuket's Weather December 2011

Live from the middle of the sea!

Daily Weather Photos from Rawai Beach, Phuket.

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Goodbye 2011!

30th December 2011  10.21am

30th December 2011  18.04pm

29th December 2011  09.41am

29th December 2011  17.30pm

28th December 2011  09.42am

27th December 2011
Only four days ago this rocky area was full of sand. 
After two days of severe wind and waves the sand has been totally removed to the west side of the beach
leaving a few of our beach chairs high and dry!

27th December 2011
The move in the sand buried our beach chairs too, and the beach looked so clean and beautiful this morning. 
Strangely it looked just the same way as it did a few days after Tsunami 2004 when the wave had swept the beach clean of leaves and rocks, it brought back some memories for me - my sympathies to any of you who lost friends or loved ones on that day.

26th December 2011
Really windy with strong waves, most tourist boats and fishing boats stayed ashore.
This storm system in the Bay of Bengal may be part of the trouble!

25th December 2011  09.35am
Nice sunny weather but strong wind and waves.
In the South East of Thailand severe winds caused a sea swell that caused damage to coastal areas 
in Prachuap Kiri Khan to Surat Thani, with the worst created in almost 50 years.
For news in Thai and photos: 

23rd December 2011  10.49am
Windy morning, but that is normal at this time of year, 
the wind goes down around lunchtime and the afternoon is usually calm (and hot!).

The strong waves cause a change in the beach. 
The sand moves from east to west, and then 6 months later moves back again!
See my earlier post.

22nd December 2011  09.53am
A beautiful morning, a beautiful day (mostly) 
but a dramatic end came with dark clouds, wind and rain.

22nd December 2011  17.02pm

22nd December 2011  17.03pm

22nd December 2011  17.04pm

22nd December 2011  17.05pm
Oh well.....I guess it will be as sunny as usual tomorrow!

21st December 2011  16.45pm
Although the day was blue and sunny, late afternoon a strong wind came accompanied by clouds!

20th December 2011  09.56am
Beautiful sunny day, fairly strong wind in the morning but calm again in the afternoon.

19th December 2011  17.08pm
The end to another perfect day!

18th December 2011  16.47pm
 Great weather until late afternoon when it started getting cloudy.
The last hour of sun breaks through a cloud leaving a pool of sunlight spotlighting Koh Kaew.

17th December 2011  10.00am

17th December 2011  15.37pm
I can see the colours of the rainbow......

 17th December 2011  16.14am
After the rain the sun always shines!

17th December 2011  17.06am
The rain finally came!

16th December 2011 Grey and drizzly weather today,
 the sun came through but not worth a photo - 
Boat Cam can only offer a flower pic taken on the beach today!

15th December 2011  09.41am
Cool night time temperatures mean that a morning sunbathing session is required!

14th December 2011  16.54pm Amazing cloud. 
Perfect weather in Phuket today!

13th December 2011  09.57am
Clear blue sky!

12th December 2011 Just before sunset.
Windy morning again, and as always with the 'lom wow' or 'kit flying wind' that comes regularly at this time of year it was a wet boat ride to Bon Island - difficult taking photos - so just a sunset photo today!
Anyone seen kites for sale yet? I haven't!

 11th December 2011 11.58am 
The weather was great at lunchtime but the clouds turned up again late afternoon.
Not such a strong wind, smaller waves too! 

 10th December 2011 10.04am 
Amazing cloud formation! 

10th December 2011 10.09am 
Great weather for the Phuket King's Cup Regatta today!
Strong NE winds and 1 meter waves, not ideal conditions for taking photos.
(Yes, as you guessed - that splash soaked me!)

10th December 2011 11.02am 
Perfect day for sailing around Phuket's islands.

 10th December 2011 17.12pm 
Once again clouds threaten to bring an end to the sun!

10th December 2011 18.25pm 
Moonrise in Phuket was followed by a total lunar eclipse this evening.

9th December 2011 16.56pm 
The sun was shining but the clouds were telling us to head home!

8th December 2011  11.39am
Yes!! The Phuket 'high season' is here!

7th December 2011  17.16pm
Even at 5pm it was still so hot and sunny that we needed the umbrella!

6th December 2011  18.09pm
Driving through Phuket Town you can still see the Rawai sunset!
A greyish day so it was nice to see a red sky at night!

5th December 2011  09.12am
Yesterday started off really wet, got better in the afternoon and today we are left with cloud.
However the sun managed to break through around lunch time.

 3rd December 2011  09.52am
Although it was a sunny start to the day, clouds threatened. 
By around 4pm the rain came accompanied by a strong wind that was to pass by within around 30 minutes. The rain stayed on a little longer.
3rd December 2011  09.56am

 2nd December 2011  10.13am
Despite last night's wind - it was a beautiful morning.
Calm and sunny!

1st December 2011  16.24pm
The events of last year have been repeated, sailing yachts competing in Phuket's King's Cup Regatta were once again washed aground by last night's strong winds. The story and link to last years event can be seen here: http://www.phuketgazette.net/archives/articles/2011/article11589.html 

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Rawai's Weather November 2011

Live from the middle of the sea!

Daily Weather Photos from Rawai Beach, Phuket.

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28th November 2011. 13.45pm
Great clouds, great weather!

28th November 2011. 17.00pm
Low tide at Rawai - great fun to explore!

27th November 2011  09.16am
Perfect weather for a boat trip!

26th November 2011  09.48am
The weather seems to be getting back to normal!

25th November 2011
A crazy weather day today!
Sunny but windy start to the day, a threat of rain around lunchtime, then back to beautiful sunshine!
But then things changed dramatically, 
A strong wind blew up quickly creating large waves and light rain.
Local longtail and speed boat drivers rushed to check their anchors and tourists 
ran for shelter from the mini sand storm taking place on the beach. 
One boat had engine trouble and was towed into Bon Island by a passing speed boat. 
The passengers waded ashore while the captain pulled the boat in to safety. 
However out of the chaos a beautiful rainbow appeared, arching out of the sea and over Lone Island, 
and seemed to soften the drama of the afternoon. 
As the wind dropped, the boats headed back to shore and everyone arrived safely!

24th November 2011
The strong wind that has been felt on the East coast of Phuket is related to the bad weather 
on the East Coast of Thailand which has hit quite badly.
Reports of 5m waves in certain areas bringing down lines of Coconut Trees  and along the coast there are reports of damage to beach-side housing and restaurants. 
One area badly hit is Laem Talumphuk, in the Nakorn Sri Thammarat province,
made famous almost 50 years ago for the damage it received during Tropical Storm Harriet. 
Read more at my earlier post: 

23rd November 2011
Last night's wind got me thinking about Typhoon Gay (November 4th 1989)
Today was sunny but the wind remained strong along the East Coast of Phuket, 
the West Coast however was calm.

23rd November 2011 16.52pm. 

The weather was great all day, but as the afternoon went by the wind got stronger and by around 9pm strong wind and large waves had already sunk a couple of longtail boats moored along Rawai Beach.

 22nd November 2011  09.37am
On arrival at Bon Island couldn't help thinking what a shame it was
 that yesterday's wedding hadn't been held today! 
The weather was just perfect again!

21st November 2011  16.46pm
Strong NE wind all day, a brief rainstorm at around 17.00pm that almost put the end
 to a wedding ceremony being held at Bon Island. All was OK in the end though!

20th November 2011  09.46am
Fairly strong breeze - hot and sunny

19th November 2011  17.31pm
Another perfect day comes to an end!

18th November 2011  16.17pm
Another hot day!

17th November 2011  12.07pm

16th November 2011  11.37am
Another perfect day on the beach!

14th November 2011  15.35pm
Despite the clouds the rain stayed away.

13th November 2011  17.05pm
It was a really hot afternoon, a typical sign that rain was coming.
And when it rains it pours! 
By 21.00pm the tropical thunder storm had arrived.

12th November 2011  16.11pm
Leaving my 'office'!

10th November  10.32am
Bon Island couldn't look better!

10th November  09.47am
Over the North end of Rawai Beach were a stretch of fluffy clouds 
but to the South end there was not a cloud in the sky!

 9th November 2011  09.56am 
Hot and sunny and I just love those clouds!
But Phuket is a strange place - it can be sunny and raining at the same time! 
Don't believe me? 
Just take a closer look at the photo below and you will see the rain spots on that sun-baked concrete!
9th November 2011  12.47pm 

 8th November  10.27am
It's hard to believe that just one hour before it was a really hot sunny day!
And harder to believe that 30 minutes later the sun was back again!
8th November 09.25am

 6th November 2011 12.24pm
When it rains, it pours!

5th November 2011 09.37am

 4th November 2011 09.29am
Hot and sunny!
 4th November 2011 17.35pm
A great end to another perfect day!
4th November 2011 18.15pm
The heavens opened!
Then the traffic got bad too!

3rd November 2011 11.02am
The sea looked so beautiful today!

 2nd November 2011 10.07am
2nd November 2011 16.58pm
Leaving Bon Island, rain was threatening from the NE 
and by the time I reached Chalong a major rain storm had already arrived!

1st November 2011
Great weather all day - no rain showers today!
The strong waves over the last 6 days have moved a lot of sand leaving rocks exposed. You can see the photo from October 26th on Rawai Boat Cam October 2011 and the link to the full story there too.