Unusual climate conditions observed in Taiwan in '12
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Amid 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.
January 1, 2013, 12:59 am TWN
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.