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Plum rain rainfall 5th lowest in 58 years

Plum rain rainfall 5th lowest in 58 years

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) The amount of precipitation during this year's Mei-yu, or plum rain season in Taiwan was the fifth lowest in the past 58 years, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) reported Tuesday.
The plum rains and typhoons make a major contribution to Taiwan's water supply. With the minimal rainfall from this year's plum rains, the CWB hopes the upcoming typhoon season will bring large quantities of rainwater to Taiwan and compensate for the shortfall.
Total precipitation in May and June, the two plum rain season months, was 279.6 millimeters nationwide, the fifth lowest amount recorded since 1951.
The plum rain season is so named because it coincides with the ripening of the fruit. Formed when moist air over the Pacific meets cooler continental air masses, the plum rains often last in East Asian countries until mid-summer.
The CWB predicts a total of 24 to 27 typhoons and tropical storms will form over the western Pacific in 2009, which would be near or below the annual average of 26.6.
Three to five of these may hit Taiwan, similar to the number of storms Taiwan has faced in the past five years, the bureau predicted.
(By Roger Chou)




Updated : 2021-04-16 23:25 GMT+08:00