Despite the recent spate of cold, wet weather, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) is forecasting that the weather overall for this winter in Taiwan will tend to be mild and dry. The CWB has said that the coming winter will be mild, with rainfall being on the low side, and the occasional cold snap. The CWB emphasized that a mild winter did not mean that cold weather wouldn’t occur. Figures from the last two decades show that there have been, on average, 3.5 cold fronts coming over every year, anywhere from once to four or six times a year, and that January was generally the coldest, the month most likely to have cold snap.
According to the CWB’s Weather Forecast Center Director Cheng Ming-tien, the reason this winter is expected to be mild is because of the influence of ocean temperatures around the world this fall, which will make the winter warmer in general. Cheng emphasized that, although the winter will be mild on the whole, negative Arctic Oscillations mean that there will still be cold fronts or cold snaps over from the Asian mainland, and during the time this cold air effects Taiwan the temperature will plummet, and the public should be prepared for the cold when it comes.
(Liberty Times, translated by Paul Cooper)
Photo courtesy of the Central Weather Bureau
1. cold snap n. phr.
寒流 (han2 liu2)
例: There will be a cold snap over the next two days, so wear something warm.
2. mild adj.
溫暖的、溫和的 (wen1 nuan3 de5, wen1 he2 de5)
例: Winters tend to be mild in this part of the country.
3. plummet v.
驟降 (zhou4 jiang4)
例: Temperatures will plummet as a result of a cold front.
The Latin word plaga means a snare or a hunting net, and is thought to derive from the Proto Indo-European root *plak, meaning “to weave.” From this came the Latin noun plagium, meaning the act of “kidnapping” and “the netting of game.” The perpetrator of the act was called a plagiarius, that is, a kidnapper (a person who steals a human regarded at the time as “belonging” to another, for example a child or somebody else’s slave). By extension, plagiarius also came to mean a seducer or, after the Roman poet Martial complained of another poet “kidnapping his verses” in
Russian scientists are poring over the stunningly well-preserved bones of an adult woolly mammoth that roamed the Earth at least 10,000 years ago, after local inhabitants discovered its remains in the shallows of a north Siberian lake. Part of its skull, several ribs and foreleg bones, some with soft tissue still attached to them, were retrieved from Russia’s remote Yamal peninsula above the Arctic Circle on July 23. Scientists are still searching the site for other bones. Similar finds in Russia’s vast Siberian region have happened with increasing regularity as climate change warming the Arctic at a faster pace than the
In the eastern Afghan city of Herat, 18-year-old high school student Somaya Faruqi adjusts a suction cap as she puts the finishing touches before unveiling a low-cost, lightweight ventilator created by her and six other young women. The all-female Afghan Robotics Team, which has won international awards for its robots, started work in March on an open-source, low-cost ventilator as the coronavirus pandemic hit the war-torn nation. It took the team almost four months to finalize the ventilator, which is partly based on a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) design, and they received guidance from experts at Harvard University. The device is easy
A: We got to the store just in the nick of time. Look at the size of the line. B: How many lottery tickets should we buy? A: Four. Four tickets: four times the luck. B: Um. . . I’m not sure the math checks out, but it’s true the more tickets we buy, the higher the chance we have of winning. A: Come on, come on. What’s the hold up? B: Looks like the person at the front of the line can’t decide on his numbers. Couldn’t he have made up his mind while waiting in line? A: