Li Ka Shing and the Mystery of the Typhoon Force Field
Tropical storm Haima, despite producing a Typhoon 3 signal and a manic whistling sound from my kitchen extractor fan, has veered off to the left and is heading in the general direction of Hainan Island, according to the Hong Kong Observatory's tropical cyclone tracking tool.
Of course, a tropical storm or worse is not exactly desirable weather, but once the T3 signal is hoisted, most office workers keep a hopeful eye on the weather updates in case it turns to a T8 at which point everyone gets an afternoon (or morning) off, as I explained here.
This explains why my colleagues were moaning that 'there never seems to be a Typhoon 8 these days', and proceeded to enlighten me on a popular theory: the Li Ka Shing Force Field.
It is clearly not in Mr Li's (or any other business tycoon's) interests for his employees to get days off due to inclement meteorological circumstances, therefore, the Most Powerful Man in Asia would be using his phenomenal influence to divert the course of regional weather systems away from his own installations, and, concomitantly, away from every hopeful Office Lady in HK.
My colleague developed the theory further. Allegedly, Li's industries guzzle a disproportionate amount of energy, and the reason for this is the fact that some of them are, in fact, force-field emitting devices in disguise which need tremendous amounts of power to operate. Perhaps this ordinary-looking satellite station at Cape d'Aguilar is just that:
It might explain Haima's determination not to pay us a visit.
Update on 29/7/11: A complete and authoritative guide to the subject here.