Why is it that, in 2018, typhoons have always seemed to veer away from Taiwan at the last minute?
The News Lens
By: If Lin
So far in 2018, a total of 24 typhoons have formed over the Asia-Pacific region. In every case, when those typhoons approached Taiwan, they either changed course or just passed by the island, never making landfall.
The pattern is repeating itself: Super Typhoon Kong-Rey, currently lurking east of Taiwan, is unlikely to impact the island directly, weeks after Typhoons Trami and Mangkhut veered towards Japan and the Philippines, respectively. In July, Typhoon Maria threatened to hit the island before weakening and charting a relatively harmless path to the north of Taiwan.
It’s almost as if Taiwan has deployed a force field around its borders, making the island impenetrable to typhoons. The only incident to occur this year when a typhoon has technically passed through Taiwan was when Typhoon Kemi was still only a tropical depression. [FULL STORY]