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Storm Weather & Weird Clouds in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Arcus clouds preceding the storm that hit Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on Monday, 11 June 2012 (Thanks for the pic, Reena)

Turns out Sabahans love talking about the weather, especially when it’s out of the ordinary and there’s a vicious storm and seriously weird clouds involved.

On the morning of Tuesday, 12 June, Sabah was hit by an unusual, angry wave of bad weather.

Arcus clouds preceding the storm that hit Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on Tuesday, 12 June 2012 (Thanks for the pic, Reena)People who were sending kids to school and on their way to work at that time of the morning saw something spectacular called an Arcus cloud.

This awesome weather phenomena, the Arcus clouds, preceded the storm and photos of the strange weather occurrence sweeping Sabah quickly filled up and became a talking point on Sabahan Facebook and Twitter pages.

According to WikiPedia, Arcus Clouds are low, horizontal cloud formations, usually associated with thunderstorms.

The strange pattern of the clouds have to do with the complex movement of cold and hot air as it rises and falls between the land surface and air.

Weather satellite images showed a storm – Tropical Typhoon Mawar as it turns out – moving off the east cost of Borneo heading for the Philippines, the core of which in fact missed Sabah.

The outer edges of the tropical storm, however, dumped a considerable amount of wind and rain all across the state, causing damage and flooding in places.

After a couple of hours of harsh weather and few more of persistent rain later, the weather cleared up and left Sabah cloudy, but quiet.

Check out our 4-day forecast on the weather page, plus a round-up of the normal weather you can usually expect in this Land (often) Below the Wind.