Brrrrrrr

Bahrain Weather Map - at 850mb

My brother Jamal just emailed me this weather map for next week, specifically on the coming Thursday 18th of January, in which temperatures in Bahrain are set to drop to zero degrees! I have no idea if this is actually true so far as the 5 day forecast of today obviously stops at Sunday 14 Jan.

If the temperature does indeed drop to freezing, then we can expect quite a few funerals the day after, ones in which the family of the deceased would have to pay mourners to accompany the precession to the final resting place.

I hope it doesn’t get to that level, we are really not prepared for cold weather here, and most certainly are not prepared for rain, hail, sleet nor snow; those things can stay in Europe for all I care (other than the rain, my garden needs it!)

However, the astute observer, and those who know how to fly planes, would immediately be drawn to that little figure on the top left corner of the image, which says 850mb. Do you know what that number indicates? It’s the air pressure measured in millibars, and through that one could deduce the level or height above mean sea level that weather chart is predicting. As far as my simple calculations are concerned, that weather chart indicates the predicted pressure and temperature patterns at a height of approximately 5000 feet! (assuming a pressure lapse rate of 30 feet per millibar under 10,000 feet and the MSL is 1013.25mb)

I would therefore suggest that you shouldn’t rush out and fall over each other to buy yet another heater, the prices of which I am told have shot through the roof! Judging by the average norms for this time of the year – even when you take this inordinately cold December and January – I would say that the temperature on Thursday the 18th would probably be between 16 – 19 degrees Celsius.

So make sure that you refer whoever gives you this chart or “advises” you to go and buy more heaters because it will get freezing from Saudi or wherever (they’re out of stock in Bahrain they say,) refer them to this post and slap them on their heads. Maybe that will knock some sense into them.

I won’t be here to experience it on that day (un)fortunately, I’ll be enjoying the weather in Marrakesh to which I will be traveling from the 13th to the 19th to participate in an IREX media advisory board meeting.

I wonder what the weather is going to be like there?

MUCH more important, who should be the Mtv scapegoat for that week?

signature
21 Comments
  • tooners
    10 January 2007

    oooohhhh, if it gets that cold, our house will be freezing!!! i can’t imagine it. i hope it rains a lot though. :wassat:

  • alfanan
    10 January 2007

    You’re right Mahmood… might as well forget about buying heaters because there there AREN’T ANY on the island!! I know for a fact that Manazel don’t have any left!!

    So get them covers out of the closet… it’s gonna be coooold out there!

  • Maverick
    10 January 2007

    Dear M,
    Please check this link. It disagrees with the info above. I have no idea which is true.
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maverick
    10 January 2007

    For those who need extra comfort from body pain and cold, make a tea of camomile (babanuj) with a slice of lemon a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of raspberry jam. It work like a charm and you can drink as much as you like. Bear in mind that it warms the body so you will sweat like crazy. I have personally tried and responded well to the recipe of my mother-in-law. God bless her wollen socks.:biggrin:

    In the case the link did not come above go to:

    and enter manama, bahrain and look for a 15 day forcast. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • mahmood
    10 January 2007

    Splitting hairs…

    As Accuweather’s Thursday 18th January forecast is between 12 – 16รขโ€žฦ’ I fail to see how you see a “forecast” is in so much of a disagreement that you have no idea which to believe.

    Okay, I’m in a generous mood. I’ll split the difference for you and say that I suspect and forecast Thursday 18th January to be between 14 – 17รขโ€žฦ’.

    Happy?

    It’s no where near the 0รขโ€žฦ’….

  • Maverick
    10 January 2007

    M the link is not coming even after using the quick tag above. In any case try http://www.accuweather.com.
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yonis
    10 January 2007

    http://ws.yonis.ws/82 :ninja:

    Have a safe trip :wub:

  • Maverick
    10 January 2007

    Ya habibi I was sharing info not splitting hairs…I was surpised by what your brother shared and am trying to get to the truth so I can protect my family as well. As much as I enjoy snow and cool weather, I know how much my fingers hurt in the cold weather and I am not comfortable with gloves.

    I can wear a maximum of layers only before discomfort sets in. Yes the air traffic is a cause for concern though.
    Take care… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Redbelt
    10 January 2007

    My father works in the met office (the guys who tell you what the weather is like), I asked him and I can say that the weather is not going to freeze. I wrote more details here
    http://redbelt.blogspot.com/2007/01/bahrain-is-not-freezing.html
    or click my name.

    But spot on Mahmood, I didn’t notice the air pressure thingy. I don’t usually fly that high. All of my flying occurs centimeters off Bahraini roads. :whistle:

  • MooDy
    10 January 2007

    mind u i wanna feel the Zero .
    Why do i have a feeling that this summer , iz gonna be really REALLY “Extremely” hot ?

  • Mooni
    10 January 2007

    http://mooni.bahrainblogs.org/2007/01/09/coldnaaah/

    Have a safe trip! have fun
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Barry
    10 January 2007

    However…for us, it IS supposed to drop to freezing this Thursday (weather.com says no for next Thursday). Still, the weather service has been warning of cold air dropping down from the Arctic, which means we could see temperatures well below freezing, possibly as low as -7C (about 19F) further inland. What does all that mean? It means many of my plants will be burned back to the ground. *Sigh*. Maybe I should do a pictoral of the aftermath?

    I hate dry and cold weather. If there was a storm coming along with the cold, we’d see snow probably down to sea level (which is incredibly rare… it happened about 1998 which is the last time we had temperatures well below normal). Speaking of snow, it was bizarre, we had snow for close to two weeks on one of the local mountains. It was so picturesque… couples getting married were using it as a backdrop when that mountain is usually dark green and brown most of the year.

  • Maverick
    10 January 2007

    Thanks Redbelt. It seems as per your blog that the temps will be min 8 degrees and max 16 degress on 18th. Suits me fine. My son jsut got over a bad cold and now is recovering from his cough. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • mahmood
    10 January 2007

    Barry I hear you. ALL of my lovely Ixoras are suffering, and they suffered most. Almost all of their leaves are an ugly brown and brittle. Add to that the three new Cassia Fistulas and I am heart-broken. I think I’ll have to delay planting any new plants, especially young trees, till the end of Feb.

    Good luck with yours…

  • Will
    10 January 2007

    It was 10C here in Southern Ontario on Jan 6. It should be about -5C. I planted cedar trees in January!

    There is no climate change. There is no climate change. There is no climate change. Click, click, click. Hmmm…doesnt seem to be working. Oh well I guess I’ll go for a drive and do some shopping.

  • Barry
    11 January 2007

    A lot of times, nursery plants, particularly tropicals are grown in greenhouses, so when they go outside and get exposed to temps below what they’re used to they “pull up their petticoats and shrink away” so to speak :). I had this wonderful tall Tupidanthus that was fabulous at the nursery, but upon coming home its leaves burned in rather mild weather. The next year though, the leaves were sun and cold hardy.

    Hopefully your ixoras pull through! My plants are looking pretty pathetic. My Wigandia is totally black. Half of the leaves on my Brugmansia are gone (and the ones closes to the house are fine). Oddly enough it’s got a bunch of seed pods. They’ll probably rot in the cold though. My proteas are doing fine. The King Proteas (Protea cynaroides) look to be about to bloom. I hope the cold tomorrow doesn’t kill the bud! But where one of the Leucospermums are burned, these proteas are fine. I can’t wait for their flowers.

  • Amanda
    11 January 2007

    Mahmood – what weird weather! It’s a beautiful day out today here in Michigan, and wow, has it been warm! I haven’t even worn my winter coat this season, and I’m starting to wonder if I ever will. We normally have temperatures around 15 degrees Ferenheit, sometimes lower. Lately we’ve been in the fifties! I’m feeling a little like we’re all still stuck in some sort of limbo between fall and spring. We’ve gotten a little dust of snow over the past few days, but it didn’t stay, and my flowers are still trying to bloom… even my annuals from last year have not given up yet!

  • mahmood
    11 January 2007

    Barry, I envy you! All those lovely plants! As we say in Bahrain “my eye on you is cold” (that means I don’t envy you in a bad way!) :angel:

    Amanda, the weather the last couple of days in Bahrain has been gorgeous. Completely and utterly. The damning thing about it is that I was so busy that I leave the house at around 7 and come back at about 9, with no time to really go into the garden even just for sitting for a few minutes and enjoying the surrounding…

    I’ll make sure I do that tomorrow come rain or shine!

  • Seroo
    12 January 2007

    Marrakech! How exciting, especially as I will be there at the same time too! =) I hope I caught you in time before you leave, I’ll be arriving on teh 18th for one night only before heading over to Rabat for the weekend… please do let me know of a good couple of places to dine and what’s good to see, it is my first trip! =)

    Do let us know if you want anything from London (iBetter Not Hear The Word iPhone!) =)

  • mahmood
    12 January 2007

    Brilliant!

    It’s my first time too! Contact me offline so we can coordinate.

  • Dude
    13 January 2007

    according to the 5 day forecast its going to be 10 degrees.

Previous
2006 Press Freedom Index released