Image: cwb.gov.tw

With rare exception, summer is the season of typhoons formed by tropical cyclones on the western Pacific Ocean. And from there typhoons come one by one.

They came so early this year, but with signs. At first the sunset clouds looked like the Gods were burning something– you could see people’s fascinated staring faces. In a few days the weather went from sweltering to tolerable to cool; one morning you might find water on the ground– apparently a rain had come overnight.

The broadcasters started to report the movement of our natural friends.  “This is coming up from the north of The Philippines.” “This will likely get weaker before hitting our eastern coast.” Or, “Every citizen, typhoon warning, typhoon warning.” Preparation, everyone.

 


This year one of the typhoons is Swan, whose number is 15. After whooping through Taiwan, it headed to north, passed South Korea and the southern Japan, and went into the Sea of Japan.

Guess where it finally landed?

A friend of mine living in Harbin, a northern province of China, told me one morning that recently they were visited by an unusual weather phenomenon– a typhoon!  She said she was so shock to have a typhoon, and I was so surprised that not everyone has some typhoons visiting every year!

 

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Japan’s broadcasting Swan’s movement