Weather

Northeast monsoon to bring PM2.5 particles and poor air quality

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/12/04
By: Yang Shu-min and Frances Huang 

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) The northeast monsoon is expected to bring fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) per cubic meter to Taiwan and impact air quality, starting Monday evening, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

The impact is expected to last until about 6 a.m. Tuesday and be worst early morning in northern Taiwan, the EPA said, urging the public not to take any outdoor activity during that time.

Chang Shun-chin (張順欽), head of the EPA’s Department of Environmental Monitoring and Information Management, told the press that the highest concentration of PM2.5 will range from 80-90 micrograms per cubic meter for one hour early Tuesday morning in northern Taiwan.

Bad air quality will affect northern Taiwan first and then spread to central areas, with residents in southern Taiwan expected to be least impacted by the monsoon, Chang said.    [FULL  STORY]

Heavy rain impedes traffic on east coast of Taiwan

Expect construction delays and limited highway access along the Suhua Highway through Dec. 22

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/12/04
By: Renée Salmonsen, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Suhua Highway (蘇花公路台9線) authority will stagger traffic access to the

Heavy rain impacts the Suhua Highway. (Photo: CNA)

road beginning today through December 22 for construction, reported CNA.

A 756.907 kilometer (470.32 miles) portion of highway is currently undergoing repair. The stretch of highway runs through Yilan County (宜蘭縣) and Hualien County (花蓮縣).

Recent heavy precipitation has caused disruptions and landslides along the coastal highway.

Construction teams will first touch up road paint, particularly along the highway’s slopes and curves, and then repair the road as needed.

Highway access will be granted once every two hours beginning at 8 a.m. through 6 p.m., so at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Authorities will allow cars to pass road blocks as they arrive on the hour but will not wait for stragglers.    [FULL  STORY]

Campaign started to have record-setting rainbow recognized

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/12/04
By: Lee Hsin-Yin

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) An online campaign launched by local professors is hoping to get Taiwan recognized

Photo courtesy of Chou Kun-hsuan (周昆炫)

by the Guinness World Records for a recent rainbow that they believe is the longest-lasting rainbow ever recorded.

Chou Kun-hsuan (周昆炫), a professor with the Department of Atmospheric Science at Chinese Culture University in Taipei, said the department is trying to collect at least 36,000 photos from the public to document the rainbow’s existence from 6:57 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. on Nov. 30.

He told CNA on Monday that the photos will be used to create a “rainbow clock” to prove to the Guinness World Records committee that the longest-lasting rainbow has taken place in Taiwan.

The team is on a mission to compile a world-class profile for the rainbow, Chou said, inviting the public to get involved in the campaign to help Taiwan become part of meteorological history.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan temperatures to plunge in upcoming week

Strengthening northeastern seasonal winds expected to turn Taiwan cold and wet

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/11/18
By: Eric Kao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — According to the Central Weather Bureau(CWB), significant

Strengthening seasonal winds and cold front expected to bring cold and rainy weather. (By Central News Agency)

drops in temperatures and consistent downpours are expected throughout Taiwan as strengthening northeastern seasonal winds and the strongest cold front so far this winter hit the island.

From Nov. 19 to Nov. 27, a cold front is expected to hit Taiwan every two to three days, according to the CWB. As the entire island will be in the realm of the northeastern seasonal winds, lower temperatures and increased rains can be seen throughout the island, the CWB said.

Northern Taiwan will be most affected by the strengthening seasonal winds, with temperatures dropping to an estimated low of 15 to 16 degrees Celsius on Sunday, when the effect of the cold front is expected to be the strongest. Meanwhile, central and eastern Taiwan will have an estimated low of 17 to 19 degrees, with 20 to 21 degrees during the day.    [FULL  STORY]

Rain in the forecast as northeasterly winds ease

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-11-05

It looks like there’s more rain in the forecast for Taiwan, set to arrive on Sunday night. The Central Weather Bureau says that while temperatures were warmer and the rain eased during the day on Sunday, another weather front is expected to bring moisture up through southern Taiwan.

Mountainous areas in central and southern Taiwan can expect rain, as can the southernmost tip of the island: Hengchun Peninsula.

Forecasters say that heavy rain could be in the works on Monday for both Hengchun Peninsula and the eastern half of Taiwan.

Meteorologists say Taiwan can expect warmer weather in the coming two days. Northern Taiwan is likely to see highs returning to between 26-28 degrees C, while central and southern Taiwan could see highs of up to 29-30 degrees C.
[FULL  STORY]

Temperatures rebound with weakening seasonal winds

The China Post
Date: November 5, 2017
By: W.T. Chen and Flor Wang

TAIPEI (CNA) – Temperatures around Taiwan on Sunday will rebound due to weakening

Temperatures around Taiwan on Sunday will rebound due to weakening northeasterly winds. (CNA)

northeasterly winds, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The highs in northern Taiwan could reach 23-24 degrees Celsius and 28-30 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, bureau forecaster Chu Mei-lin (朱美霖) said, noting sharp falls

in temperatures in the early morning and at night in the western part of the country.

The lowest temperature of 17.3 degrees Sunday morning was recorded in Su’ao in Yilan County, bureau data showed.
[FULL  STORY]

Mercury could fall to 17 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan

The China Post
Date: November 4, 2017
By: Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low

TAIPEI (CNA) – Temperatures could fall to 17 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan

Pedestrians make their ways in this undated file photo. According to the Central Weather Bureau, temperatures could fall to 17 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan between late Saturday and early Sunday as seasonal northeasterly winds strengthen. (NOWnews)

between late Saturday and early Sunday as seasonal northeasterly winds strengthen, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

With the winds bringing cooler air to the country, daytime highs on Saturday are forecast at just 20-21 degrees in northern Taiwan, the bureau said.

In central and southern Taiwan, daytime temperatures can reach 28-30 degrees but will drop sharply at night, the CWB said, advising people to be aware of drastic changes in the temperature.
[FULL  STORY]

Heavy rain expected in northern, eastern Taiwan

The China Post
Date: November 3, 20172
By: Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low

TAIPEI (CNA) – Heavy rain is expected in parts of northern and eastern Taiwan on

In this Nov. 1, 2017, pedestrians make their ways in downtown Taipei. Between late Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday, the northeastern region had already recorded 30 mm of accumulated rainfall. (CNA)

Friday due to the arrival of a moist weather front and a wave of seasonal northeasterly winds, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

Between late Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday, the northeastern region had already recorded 30 mm of accumulated rainfall, forecaster Cheng Chuan-fang (程川芳) said.

As the northeasterly winds bring cooler air to the country, daytime highs on Friday are expected to fall to 25 degrees in northern Taiwan, while nighttime lows will be around 20 degrees, he said.

In central and southern Taiwan, however, daytime highs are likely to reach 28-30 degrees, Cheng said.    [FULL  STORY]

Heavy rain warning issued for five areas

The China Post
Date: October 11, 20170
By: Flor Wang

TAIPEI (CNA) – A heavy rain warning was issued for five cities and counties across

Pedestrians with umbrellas cross a Taipei street in the rain in this undated file photo. The Central Weather Bureau issued a heavy rain warning for five cities and counties across Taiwan on Wednesday due to strengthening northeasterly winds and a convective cloud system. (NOWnews file photo)

Taiwan on Wednesday due to strengthening northeasterly winds and a convective cloud system, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

People in New Taipei, Taipei’s Wenshan District, the northeast coastal area around Keelung, Yilan and Hualien counties in eastern Taiwan, and the Hengchun Peninsula in Pingtung County should be alert to strong precipitation, thunder and gusty winds, the bureau said.

Areas south of Hsinchu County will see sunny to cloudy skies, with brief thundershowers in the afternoon in mountainous areas, it said.

The day’s high in areas north of Taoyuan and eastern Taiwan will reach 30-33 degrees Celsius, while the weather in central and southern Taiwan will be muggy and hot, with the mercury likely to climb to 34-35 degrees, according to the bureau.
[FULL STORY]

Record number of days 37 degrees and hotter for Taipei in 2017 so far

Taipei has had 21 days so far this year with the mercury hitting at least 37 degrees. (By Central News Agency)

October and November should be warmer than average: forecasters

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/10/10
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Since measuring temperatures started in 1896, Taipei has never had as many days in one year where the mercury hit at least 37 degrees, the Central Weather Bureau said Tuesday.

There were at least 21 such days so far this year, while the rest of October as well as November could also be expected to be relatively warm, according to forecasters.
[FULL  STORY]