Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Kota Kinabalu Arcus Cloud Porn Frenzy Day

Date:  12th June, 2012
Time:  0900hrs- 1030hrs
Location:  Sabah & Labuan

The popular talk among Sabahans and Labuan folks yesterday was the CLOUD!  In fact, people really got into sharing frenzies of the pictures in Facebook and Twitter.  In my case, the moment I shared the pictures in my FB page, within minutes and hours they were shared around about hundreds of times over. I was bombared with friend requests, tag requests and people messaged me constantly. While five of the pictures are mine, several of them aren't.  Just like everyone else, my sources were from Twitter and Facebook. I do not know who were the original uploaders and all I can say is they aren't mine to claim.

Ok, never mind about that. Just what it was that made my people got frothy on the mouth about these picture of clouds?   While in US, arcus cloud is a common occurrence especially in a twister and hurricane attack prone states, you have to understand that Sabah is relatively sheltered from the major typhoons. Hence, it's nickname as The Land Below The Wind. But, at the rate of world's crazy weather is going, the nickname might have to be scrapped off.

What is arcus cloud? According to Wikipedia, aarcus cloud is a low, horizontal cloud formation. Roll clouds and shelf clouds are the two types of arcus clouds. A shelf cloud is usually associated with the leading edge of thunderstorm outflows;  roll clouds are usually formed by outflows of cold air from sea breezes or cold fronts in the absence of thunderstorms

Let's just make it simple without all those scientific jargons eh? Just storm clouds then.

Here are some pictures:

View from my office window around 09.30am, near Jalan UMS, Kota Kinabalu
5 minutes after the above image

Here are pictures from various accounts of people in Facebook and Twitter:

                                                               Source:  Facebook - Marina Court, Kota Kinabalu. 

Source: Facebook - Marina Court, Kota Kinabalu

                                                   Source: Facebook - Penampang

                                             Source: Facebook (Ankol Tom) - Tamparuli

                                                   Source: Facebook - Kolombong, Kota Kinabalu

Here's a picture of the storm cloud in Labuan:

                                                                      Source: Twitter. Amazing, isn't it? 

Well, there you have it. Because it's an out of the blue phenomenon, people around town are kind of awed yet feeling a little touch of 'it's the sign of armageddon' judging from the conversations in Facebook. For me, it's one of mother nature's wonder and I'm lucky to be able to see and experienced it.

Here's the picture of the aftermath, from my own coffer: 

                                                        Out of my office window, again 

                                                                  Out in the driveway

                                 By the roadside, near Alamesra and 1Borneo, Kota Kinabalu

End of the cloud story.


  1. ennibelle,sibuk betul people judging the weather and kasi kait2 sama benda2 menakutkan..such as armageddon etc, bagus juga la teringat hari kiamat tapi kalau terlebih2 pula kasi takut orang & diri sendiri, wat the...kan? like u say, it's one of mother nature's wonder and we're lucky to be able to see and experienced it.Anyway, thank you for sharing the info! Good job!

    1. You're welcome! Exactly..I mean, you don't have to be fanatical about it.

  2. Thanks for sharing the pics. Very cool, you guys were lucky to experience first hand such beauty.

    1. Hello..thanks for commenting and you're welcome. Yes, indeed we're lucky :)

  3. Hi, thanks for sharing the cool pics! I can see why people would think of Armageddon after seeing that.

  4. I wasn't aware of the clouds and hoola boolah until I opened my FB ac in the evening...kami dlm bangunan dingar doing bengkel langsung tida sedar about the unusual clouds formation, strong wind and heavy rain...

    1. Not many people did unless you're happened to glance outside or you were out. Hence, the thousand over shared pics. I wasn't at first but when my colleague entered our office, I asked her whether it's raining outside because I was hearing these strange noises *our office at the top level of the building* She said, not yet but it's bloody dark outside. So, I went to the window to check and damn, that crazy cloud happened!

  5. Semua ganjil2 awan dia sa tengok. Kin takut pun ada. teruja pun ada. Tapi cantik la

    1. Itu la tu. time tu sa takut puting beliung ja..nanti tercabut bumbumg office sa yg aduhaiii...

  6. Amazing cloud formation. Darn, i wasnt aware of it until people start talking about it.

    Great pic collection!

    1. I was lucky that I looked outside of my window.


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