La Nina influences patterns
Taiwan is still under the influence of La Nina this winter, which will result in lower rainfall and colder temperatures than average this month and next, the Central Weather Bureau said. Average temperatures are expected to be about 17?C this month and 20?C next month, the bureau said. Average temperatures for February have fluctuated between 16.8? and 18.1?C for the past 30 years, while the average March temperature ranges between 18.8? and 20.7?C, bureau data show. La Nina results in the cooling of ocean temperatures in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific, said Chia Hsin-hsing (賈新興), chief of the bureau’s long-range forecast section. Meanwhile, the bureau said the rain forecast for northern Taiwan this month and next is 100mm and 150mm respectively. The average precipitation ranges from 69.7mm to 217.7mm in northern Taiwan in February and 133.2mm to 190mm in March.
Yangminshan park has app
Yangmingshan National Park is offering visitors a new application service that provides information on attractions, transport and maps for the suburban Taipei mountain area, officials said yesterday. The new app is based on an online map and GPS location system and offers maps of trails and cycle paths, as well as the latest information on the park, officials said. Users can also access information in offline mode. The app is available free from the Apple app store and Android Market, officials said. Meanwhile, the park has also introduced free Internet Wi-Fi hotspots in nine areas, including the Qingtiangang and Yangmingshuwu visitor centers, as well as the park’s headquarters. The park is planning to launch an English version of the app by the end of the year in order to serve the growing number of foreign visitors, officials said.