Around 8 a.m. of Aug. 27, a tropical depression located to the east of the Philippines strengthened into the 12th typhoon of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season. Typhoon Podul is moving in the direction of Hainan Island and Vietnam, and will not have direct impact on Taiwan. However, the Central Weather Bureau says there will still be one to two autumn typhoons that will affect Taiwan in the future, and northern Taiwan should be prepared for torrential rain.
People cry out in surprise as a small stream of air rapidly rotates and falls down from a high altitude. This was the scene at Hualien's Sixty Stone Mountain on Aug. 27, when a small tornado appeared in the sky.
There is plentiful water vapor after a typhoon passes. This type of convection is very strong, so there is a chance that it develops into this type of small tornado.
The 12th typhoon of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season is currently forming. At 8 a.m. on Aug. 27, a tropical depression to the east of the Philippines strengthened into Typhoon Podul. It is not expected to have a direct impact on Taiwan. The Central Weather Bureau says so far this year, there have been 12 typhoons in the northwest Pacific, which is lower than the average of 13. The majority affected Japan and South Korea. Only Typhoon Lekima and Typhoon Bailu hit Taiwan. It adds September and October are months with active typhoon activity, and it forecasts one to two autumn typhoons that will affect Taiwan. Northern Taiwan will need to brace for torrential rain brought by the northeast monsoon that accompanies autumn typhoons.
We need to be especially alert for autumn typhoons that are accompanied by the northeast monsoon. When they join forces, even if the typhoon is far from Taiwan, the eastern region will still see rain. The sea temperature of the northwest Pacific Ocean continues to remain on the high side. This will mean a warm autumn for Taiwan.
The northwest Pacific Ocean's sea temperature remains high, which will raise autumn temperatures in Taiwan. The CWB reminds the public to be prepared because the autumn is expected to be dry with low rainfall, and the central and southern regions could enter the low water period.