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Warming in Taiwan twice the global average: weather bureau

2011/03/09 20:04:39

Taipei, March 9 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) released astark report Wednesday on how climate change has affected Taiwan overthe last century.

According to CWB, Taiwan has experienced a warming effect that istwice the global average, which has translated to highertemperatures, greater rainfall, and more typhoons over the past 30years.

The bureau said that while global temperatures have risen 0.65degrees Celsius over the past century, Taiwan has seen itstemperature go up by 1.4 degrees.

Weather Forecast Center Director Cheng Ming-dean explained thatTaiwan experienced a larger rise in temperature because it isadjacent to the huge Eurasian landmass. The continent's landmasstends to absorb and store more heat than other areas of the globe.

Over the same period, the number of typhoons that hit Taiwan havealso increased from 3.1 to 3.6 per year, and now these storms have ahigher probability of forming in autumn than before.

The amount of annual rainfall has gone up as well, with Septemberrecording the most significant increase.

Separately, CWB announced it will adjust Taiwan's climaticaverage base period from 1971-2000 to 1981-2010 to get in line withthe World Meteorological Organization standard amidst the warmingtrend. The bureau said the new figures will better explain Taiwan'sweather in light of climate change.

"The public will have a better idea of how cold the coming weekwill be if we say 'temperatures are likely to drop below normal, '"Cheng said, noting that people will be able to relate to more recenttemperature patterns, especially since global warming has changedtheir perceptions of what is normal in terms of temperature.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)