Taiwan gets first snow of winter later than normal (update)

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/01/03
By: Chen Wei-ting, Evelyn Kao and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Jan. 3 (CNA) Snow has finally fallen in Taiwan for the first time this 201601030026t0001winter, the latest the first snow has arrived in the country in eight years, the Central Weather Bureau said Sunday, after revising an earlier statement.

Snow was discovered by weather station personnel on Yushan, the tallest peak in Taiwan at 3,952 meters, at around 5 a.m.

Taiwan’s first snowfall normally comes in December, and the bureau initially made it a point to say the first snow of this winter season on Sunday morning was the latest since the winter of 2000, when flakes first appeared on Jan. 10, 2001.

It later realized that it failed to take into account the first snow on Jan. 17, 2008 after misjudging snowfall on Dec. 24, 2007 as the first snow that year.

Under the official definition, the first snow must be accumulated snowfall of at least 0.1 centimeters, a standard that the Dec. 24, 2007 snowfall did not meet.

Sunday’s snowfall was somewhat of a surprise because overnight temperatures on Yushan never fell below zero.     [FULL  STORY]

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