By: Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) The Taiwan Strait was steaming, a surfer in the
southern Taiwan county of Pingtung said Sunday, as Taiwan was reeling under a strong cold spell that brought snow to many places around the subtropical island, where snow is rare and unusual.
The surfer, calling himself “Ah Shui,” photographed the rare phenomenon in Fangshan Township in Pingtung. He said he felt that the sea water temperature this year is the highest in recent years.
Apart from Ah Shui, steam rising from the water’s surface was also reported in Liuqiu Township, an outlying island off Pingtung County, earlier in the day.
According to the county’s Hengchun Weather Station, under the influence of the El Nino Southern Oscillation phenomenon, the temperature of sea water this year has been detected to be around 1 degree Celsius higher than in the past. [FULL STORY]