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The coldest night…

January 18, 2012

…minimum temperature at Dokmai Garden last night (17th-18th of January 2012) was 10.0 °C, an all-time record low! To make our foreign readers understand, Thais have no indoor heating, and in a wooden house with poor insulation the sleeping temperature is just a few degrees higher. In the nearby village in the Mae Kanin Tai valley it is usually 5 degrees cooler. Higher up in the mountains the temperature is below the freezing point. Currently we have two garden school students (from Australia and USA) and so we sip coffee in the morning sun to heat up like reptiles. Luckily, all afternoons reach 29-32 °C.

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  1. January 18, 2012 9:17 AM

    The coldest night here in Chiang Mai town also. outside my 11th floor apartment the temperature was 14°C , inside 20°C.
    This looks like the Heat Island effect of the city. Last evening at 6 pm I cycled from the Night Bazar to Chiang Mai Land for a swim alone in the beautiful pool there. The swim warmed me up as the pool gets the sun on it all day long.
    On the way back I did not feel cold , except when I rode past a place with no buildings but trees or weeds. Suddenly the temperature dropped, giving me an unwelcome chill, until I could return to the predominant concrete environment.
    Winter here is mercifully short and the lesson to be learned is that if we want our avoid our city being unbearably hot for much of the year, we need to fill the streets with tall shady trees.
    If only the electric supply authorities would cooperate and put their ugly cables out of the way this might be possible. But considering how much revenue they gain from air conditioning they probably think the hotter the better.
    If only we had some real democracy?

  2. January 18, 2012 9:26 AM

    PS could you please give us a link to the met dept website showing temperature & rainfall stats?

    • January 18, 2012 9:47 PM

      We have a weather station at Dokmai Garden where we can measure temperature and max/min temperature, air pressure changes and precipitation. The charts for average temperature and precipitation at the Chiang Mai airport can be found in Simon Gardner’s book on northern Thai trees.

  3. January 18, 2012 11:28 AM

    Thanks for posting the temperature – I thought it was really cold last night! Strange weather patterns at the moment.

    • January 18, 2012 10:36 PM

      An interesting effect of the cold seems to be that some high elevation birds have had enough and moved downhill! Today we had two British ornithologists visiting, and we spotted Flavescent Bulbul and two female Grey-chinned Minivets, new records to Dokmai Garden. In addition we also saw a juvenile Changeable Hawk-Eagle, a new record but expected in this area. The latter two species were documented with camera to secure the ID.

  4. Will permalink
    January 19, 2012 7:41 AM

    It’s -30C here, wanna trade? 😀

    Seriously I can see why January would be high season, 10-20C would be a very comfortable temperature for those who don’t live in tropical climates.

    • January 19, 2012 7:44 AM

      Yes, one gets spoiled here. Last night between the 18th and 19th the minimum was 11.2°C. Somewhat improving temperatures.

      • huo cj permalink
        January 24, 2013 2:09 AM

        In ottawa, Ontario, this morning was -32°C, windchill brought it closer to -40°C, yet we survive with central heating et al.
        Thanks for a great Website – Congrats to both of you ;-)))

      • January 24, 2013 2:38 AM

        That is cold!

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