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Active Summer Typhoon Season Predicted For Pacific Islands

El Niño Could Impact Philippines, Japan, Taiwan And China

Summer Pacific Typhoon Predictions 2015


A more active typhoon season than usual is expected for Pacific islands, including the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan and perhaps mainland China.

The reason is an El Niño condition that Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said “is forecast to strengthen over the summer.”

How strong El Niño becomes along with other anticipated factors will determine the severity of impacts on the weather across southern and eastern Asia. El Niño conditions usually lead to an above-average number of typhoons and super typhoons.

AccuWeather is estimating the number of tropical storms to be 29, three more than the normal of 26, with 17 typhoons (16 is the norm) and 17 super typhoons. The normal number of the latter is four.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani, “In addition to El Niño, we have warmer-than-average waters extending well north and west of the tropics in the Pacific, which will create lower atmospheric pressure and a favorable environment for tropical system formation.”

“In addition to the higher-than-average number of typhoons expected, we also anticipate more long-tracking typhoons, which will have a greater chance of being strong and impacting multiple land areas along their path,” Sagliani said.

Some of the typhoons will turn east of the Philippines and Japan.

However, because of the large amount of systems expected, a number of them could bring significant impact to the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan and perhaps mainland China, which involves the remnants of a tropical system causing major flooding.

Locals Name Taiwan’s Top 10 Hidden Spots For Tourists

From Hot Strings to Paper Umbrella to Tea Trades Here’s Places to Visit in Taiwan

Jiaosi Hot Springs are one of Taiwan's top destinations.

Talk about local hospitality.

Normally, locals like to keep cool places and secrets to themselves. They don’t want their favorite spots overrun by tourists.

Not, apparently, in Taiwan. That’s evident in that Taiwanese locals have named their Top 10 Hidden Spots for Tourists, and here’s what they revealed:

• Dajia District, Taichung City: The most popular attraction in this district is the Dajia Zhenlan Temple because for more than five hundred years, the grand deity statue of Mazu has protected and blessed the city. In return for Mazu’s blessing, every year during the beginning of March – Lunar New Year, a territorial pilgrimage event is celebrated to honor the grand Mazu.

• Daxi Township, Taoyuan County: In this township, the Daxi Old Street is famous for being the major hub for camphor and tea trades. Adjacent to the Daxi Old Street is the beautiful Baroque style Daxi Bridge popular for its romantic sunset views. Additionally, Cihu Mausoleum and Shihmen Reservoir are recommended attractions for their unique history.

• Beitou District, Taipei City: This district is best known for its amazing hot springs and original home to the Ketagalan indigenous people. And since the popular Guandu Temple is only a short distance, visitors are encouraged to see the temple. Another popular bordering attraction is Taipei’s only National Park, Yangmingshan.

• Anping, Tainan: In 1624, the Dutch built its first fort called “Fort Zeelandia” and it was considered the administrative center and main trading hub during their regime. Today, the fort built in Anping is known for its excellent preservation of the Dutch and Chinese artifacts contained in the fort.

• Jincheng Township, Kinmen County: This town has a balanced mixture of the past and present including “Oucuo traditional gated building cluster” and western style mansions. Additionally, the Jincheng Underground Tunnel, constructed in 1981, used to be the underground self-defense works during wartime. Today, it is a popular historical site for visitors.

• Meinong District, Kaohsiung: Meinong is the hometown of paper umbrella – a circle symbol that represents a family getting together. Visitors can find colorful paper umbrellas at Yuan Siang Yuan Paper Umbrella Culture Village and Meinong Folk Village.

• Lukang Township, Changhua County: Lukang Township is one of Taiwan’s oldest towns famous for its well-preserved historical sites. It’s also popular for having the most ornate temples in Taiwan. The two most famous temples are Longshan Temple and Tienhou Temple.

• Jiji Township, Nantou County: Jiji Township is the smallest administrative district in Taiwan. The agricultural land are limited, therefore, Jiji farmers grow fruits and flowers with high value like guavas, grapes and sunflowers. Another major attraction is the historical railway site which is filled with many beautiful scenery and ancient buildings.

• Rueifang District, New Taipei City: Rueifang used to be the center of gold-mining in Taiwan. The historical site includes Museum of Gold, Environmental Building, Crown Prince Chalet, Four-Joined of Japanese Styled Residence, Gold-Refining Building, and Benshan Fifth Tunnel. They have been renovated through the years to become one of Taiwan’s must-see attractions for visitors interested in learning more about Rueifang’s popular gold-mining era.

• Jiaosi Township, Yilan County: Jiaosi Hot Springs are flatland hot springs popular for being odorless and clear with a variety of rich minerals. The Hot Spring Museum and Tang Wei Gou Hot Spring Park have an area of one hectare comprised of hot spring facilities, nature sceneries, and stores for visitors with a true passion for hot springs.

“Locals are the best personal tour guides for all travelers,” said Trust Lin, Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau in Los Angeles office. “We are excited that our voting campaign has generated so many positive responses from our people. It’s our goal to promote their favorite spots and bring positive awareness to our foreign friends interested in traveling beyond the popular cosmopolitan cities of our beautiful island.

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