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Unusual climate phenomena observed in Taiwan in 2012

Unusual climate phenomena observed in Taiwan in 2012

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Amid the global climate change, Taiwan witnessed a number of unusual weather phenomena in 2012, including fewer days with sunshine and more rainfall during the rainy season than in the past, according to Central Weather Bureau data. In the period from January to March, the sunshine duration reached 110.2 hours in the Tamsui District of New Taipei in northern Taiwan, representing a decline of 129.7 hours from the average from years past, the data shows. The sunshine duration in Wuqi Township in Taichung, central Taiwan, in the three-month period recorded a drop of 165.7 hours, while declines were also recorded in Alishan in southern Taiwan's Chiayi County at 166.7 hours, Hualien in eastern Taiwan at 91.9 hours and Taipei at 150.5 hours, according to the data. Statistics produced by the bureau also indicate that in the period between October and December, rain fell in Taipei on 19 consecutive days from Nov. 21 to Dec. 9, a historic record that ranked only behind 20 days recorded in 1956. The bureau also found that in Taipei, the mercury exceeded 38 degrees Celsius on three consecutive days in July, breaking the record of two days in 2007. In the same month, highs of over 37 degrees in Taipei were recorded for seven consecutive days, a new high from five days in 2010, while there were nine days with highs of over 36 degrees, breaking the seven days record set in 2010, according to the bureau. Meteorologists at the bureau forecast that in the first three months of 2013, northern Taiwan will experience "dry and cold" weather, while the weather in the south will be "dry and warm." (By Lin Shen-hsu and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-01-26 05:38 GMT+08:00