Highly Active Atlantic Shuts, Quiet West Pacific Presents Record Heat to Taiwan

Written by on October 2, 2017 in Asia, Rest of World, Summer 2017 with 0 Comments

When it comes to writing about Taiwan weather, it’s usually regarding typhoons and or rainfall. This time it’s about heat and it appears the capital set a new national heat record for the month of September on Wednesday with a high of 38.5C. This surpasses the Taiwan September record of 37.8C set back in 2014.

Blame a highly active Atlantic and cooling equatorial Pacific with abnormally high pressure over the Western Pacific basin.

Busy Atlantic v quiet Pacific

Large scale sinking supports hot sunshine. A high active Atlantic often reflects the shut down of W Pacific typhoon production. The shut down typically translates to large scale sinking in the form of upper ridging and that’s been the cause of the ongoing heat across Taiwan and other parts of the western Pacific.

The ongoing heat doesn’t look set to break anytime soon with upward motion focused over Caribbean and downward motion over West Pacific.

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