Alishan, April 12 - 13, 2010. Click pic for album

Taroko to Kending

Taroko Gorge to Kending, Feb 14 - 19, 2010.

Northern Cross Island Highway

Northern Cross Island Highway, May 19 - 21, 2008. Click pic for album
14th September, 2008

Typhoon Sinlaku

s1p-2008-09-14-09.jpgLook at the picture. No biking this weekend. Taiwan is under the spell of Typhoon Sinlaku, and the rain has been pouring down: 0.8m of rain somewhere down in Yilan between yesterday midnight and this morning, and 0.6m in Taipei’s Shilin during the same time. A place in Jiayi received over 0.4m between midnight tonight and 10am this morning. Winds, luckily, haven’t been as strong as originally forecast.
It all started out as a super typhoon of category four strength according to the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center with wind speeds of 67m/s or 150mph and gusts at 82m/s or 185mph when Sinlaku was still out over the Pacific, but that was soon adjusted downward as it approached Taiwan.
Today’s wind speeds are given as 35m/s and 45m/s by Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (Chinese and English) and Japan Meteorological Agency, but here in Taipei there’s more rain than wind. There’s in fact no wind at all here in the center of Taipei right now.
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4 comments to Typhoon Sinlaku

  • At the eye of a typhoon there is no wind to speak of. In fact, on a super-typhoon it is sometimes possible to see perfect blue sky above while in the eye. You get the wind as the eye approaches and leaves. No doubt Taipei wind picked up again after your posting.

  • tbv

    Luckily, the wind never did pick up. I think the eye had already passed when I wrote the post. The rain is still pouring down, though, and Sinlaku is loitering: It did a loop just north of Danshui before continuing on its way. You may have seen that they have received well over 1m of rain down in central Taiwan, in Taichung and Chiayi counties, so things can be really bad even without the wind.

  • It is interesting that the wind never got strong again. But you are right about all the rain. We were spared most of it here in Kaohsiung.
    Today is very sunny all over the island. Lots of drying up to do.
    Two great entries on the typhoon.

  • tbv

    Thanks. We did well here in Taipei as well, no winds and no flooding, although they got bout half a meter on Yangmingshan Sunday. It’s weird how it did two loops,though, or maybe even three if you look just above the one north of Danshui.