for the last 3 years, we have monitored the arrival of the NE monsoon..

In 2004, it came in Mid October, 

In 2005, it came in late November, 

In 2006, it came around end December !

What about this year ? 


Monsoon Watch 2004 

Monsoon Watch 2005 

Monsoon Watch 2006 


This year, the weather has been quite erratic and pretty unlike the past years, 

it rained when it's supposed to be sunny and vice versa.

So since late august, we started monitoring the weather ...

click here to check out the weather !


Weather Watch 2007 





it's a general misconception that monsoon means continuous rain 

for the monsoon period (approximately 4 months)


The word "monsoon" is derived from the Arabic word "mausim" which means season. 

Ancient traders sailing in the Indian Ocean and adjoining Arabian Sea 

used it to describe a system of alternating winds 

which blow persistently from the northeast during the northern winter 


from the opposite direction, the southwest, during the northern summer. 

Thus, the term monsoon actually refers solely to a seasonal wind shift, 

and not to precipitation.


(source :,55a304092d09/191.html)




In September this year, we have one of the best weather and sea condition ever this year. 

The sky was clear and the sea was calm with slight breeze... 

From Oct 19, we started to see some signs of swells....

is this the start of the monsoon or just a false alarm ?? 


river mouth on summer days 


23 Mar 2008    Sunny and sea condition is lovely
21 & 22 Mar 2008    Sunny and Windy ; sea condition is calm and lovely. 
18 Mar 2008    Hot and Sunny. Windy in the afternoon 
17 Mar 2008    Hot and Sunny. Windy in the afternoon 
6 Mar 2008    Cloudy in the morning. Wind seems to have built up this again this morning. 
  5 Mar 2008    Cloudy in the morning. Sun's out in the afternoon. Threatening cloud in the evening but no rain. Wind seem to have built up in the afternoon. There are rollers out there still but certainly less white caps !! 

taken 1pm

  3 Mar 2008    Cloudy in the morning. Sun's out in the afternoon. Less windy compared to yesterday !! 

taken 2pm


2 Mar 2008    Slight drizzle in wee hours in morning. Sun's out in the afternoon but Windy.. lots of white caps out at sea ! 

1 Mar 2008    Cloudy and slight wind in the morning. Sun's out in the afternoon. Windy. 

taken at 9am. 

caught sight of 2 hornbills trying to fly into the "black glass" 

29 Feb 2008    Cloudy and windy in the morning the whole day and night. Rough sea. 

taken at 1pm. 

28 Feb 2008    Cloudy and windy in the morning. Strong wind gusts and heavy rain throughout the day. It's monsoon weather. Storm subsided middle of the night. Hopefully it's the last burst of the monsoon ! 
27 Feb 2008    Sunny in the morning. Heavy rain in the afternoon and strong wind in the middle of the night

Malaysia Meteorological forecast :


Strong northeasterly winds of 40-50 kmph and rough seas with waves up to 3.5 metres over coastal waters off Kelantan and Terengganu is expected to begin on Wednesday, 27 February 2008 until Friday, 29 February 2008.

This condition of strong winds and rough seas is dangerous to small crafts, recreational sea activities and sea sports

26 Feb 2008    Heavy rain early morning....Sky clear in late morning and sunny in the afternoon. 
25 Feb 2008    Heavy rain last night....Still raining pretty heavily this morning. Sky clear in the afternoon. 
24 Feb 2008    It rained last night...what a relief...and the weather was much cooler in the morning.  Afternoon was hot and dry. 
22 - 23 Feb 2008    Hot, dry and breezy. Was told that the weather has been dry since the beginning of February. 
21 Feb 2008    Hot, dry and breezy. 


20-25 Jan 2008    Hot and breezy. White caps in the distance. Water is clearing up ! 
12 Jan 2008    Hot. Sea is very calm...Fishermen are heading out to sea !   

9-11  Jan 2008    Hot and the sea is calming...Fishermen are heading out to sea ! 
14  December     Dull and windy. 
13  December     Sunny and light wind. Strong wind and heavy downpour in middle of night till morning

12  December     Sunny and light wind. Gust wind and intermittent downpour from 3am till morning.  

11  December     Rain and light wind.
9  December     Rain and Strong Wind.
8  December     Rain and Strong Wind.
7  December     Rain and Strong Wind. 
6  December     Rain and Strong Wind. Rough Sea with lots of white caps. 
1 December     Sunny and Strong Wind. Rough Sea with lots of white caps. 
30 November    Cloudy and Strong Wind. Rough Sea with lots of white caps. Windy the whole day and night. 
29 November    Light Rain, Cloudy and Windy. 

Sure looks like the monsoon is already here....

21 - 22 November   hearsay - Sunny with no wind. Rain at night 
17 - 19 November   hearsay - Strong wind and waves. Rain at night 
16 November Fri  Light Rain  
15 November Thu  Bright and Sunny. Night - Thunderstorm for a while followed by light rain. 
14 November Wed  Bright and Sunny. Some breeze in the afternoon... . Thunderstorm at night for a short while ...doesn't look like the monsoon is here, isn't it ! 

before noon       late afternoon

13 November Tue  Bright and Sunny during the day. Sea is mirror calm. Light Rain at night. 

12 November Mon  Cloudy in the morning. Sea is calmer. Thunderstorm at night  


11 November Sun  Dull and cool in the morning. Sunny and bright during the day. No rain at night Long rollers in the distance. 
10 November Sat  Dull and cool day. Long rollers in the distance. Thunderstorm at 4pm that last till night. Rain at night. Well, according to the locals, the monsoon IS here...but some hard core fisherman in small boats are still out there ! 

9 November Fri  Drizzle and dull in the morning. Chilly winds built up in late morning. Strong wind and waves in the afternoon.  Rain at night
8 November Thu  Dull during the day. Sea generally calm with long rollers in the distance. Rain the whole night. 
7 November Wed  Dull in the morning. Drizzle in the afternoon. Sea generally calm with long rollers in the distance. Rain in the night

6 November Tue  Dull in the morning. Sea generally calm with long rollers in the distance.    

5 November Mon - Hot and Sunny during the day in the morning. Strong Wind and rain at night. 
26 October Fri- Bright and Sunny in the morning. Sea is very calm. Strong NW wind builds up from late morning. Rain in afternoon.  (we were out fishing but unfortunately, forgot our cameras) 

25 October Thu- Bright and Sunny over at mainland, though some dark sky over the islands - sea generally calm with some long swells. Windy at night, but no rain. 


24 October Wed- Light rain  in the morning - sea condition generally calm with some long swells. Dull weather in the afternoon. No rain.  


23 October Tue- Sunny and cool in the morning - Hot in afternoon. Light Wind from all directions. Sea condition appears better this morning. Light rain from midnight to next morning. According to the locals..."No, the monsoon is not here yet !"


22 October Mon - Sunny and cool in the morning - Strong NW wind day and night, strongest during the afternoon. 



21 October Sun - Sunny but cool in the morning - Strong NW wind in the afternoon - rain at night. 



20 October Sat - Rain the whole day...the sea begins to work up 



18 and 19th October - Dark Clouds starts to appear during the day and the wind builds up. Rain in the night. 


13 October Hari Raya Puasa Sat - Bright and Sunny, sea's very calm. 





have boat will travel......deutzia nautical