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Single-day rainfall record still below 2006 level: weather bureau

2012/06/12 21:10:25

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) The highest rainfall recorded for a single day so far this year was 592 millimeters on June 10 but it has not exceeded the 2006 record, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday.

Over the past few days of torrential rain, the highest rainfall in a single day was recorded on June 10 in Sandimen Township in the southern country of Pintung, the bureau said.

However, Sandimen's 592mm of rainfall was well below the 800mm recorded June 9, 2006 at Alishan Weather Station, the bureau said.

At that time, two weeks of torrential rain caused NT$600 million (US$19 million) worth of losses in the agricultural sector.

Over the past four days, Taiwan has been inundated by torrential rain that has caused massive flooding and several landslides. The bureau has forecast that the wet weather will continue in northern Taiwan until June 16 but said the worst had passed.

In the south of the country, the heavy rains will continue until June 13 due to effects of the current weather front and a southwestern current, the weather bureau said.

The front moved in from the south on June 9, causing torrential rain on June 10 in mountainous regions of central and southern Taiwan, and later in New Taipei City, Taoyuan County and Taipei as it moved north, the CWB said.

The rainy season in Taiwan usually falls in May or June but lasts for varying periods each year, the bureau said.

For instance, the bureau said, in 1993 and 1997 the rainy season lasted 56 days, while in 1954 and 1991 it was only six days.

In terms of precipitation volume, the record low was in 2011 when zero rainfall was recorded in June, the bureau said.

(By Wang Shu-fen and C.J. Lin)