Taipei, Taiwan – First Snow in 80 Years – VIDEO

Highways across the country are shut and temperatures dipped below freezing. People flocking to the highest mountains in the expectation of seeing snow.

Hong Kong is also at 36F this is at 23N. Massive cold surge sweeps Asia in January up to 50F below normal temperatures. 

Nation embraced by 10-year-low temperatures.

Trees in the Lalashan Natural Protection Zone in Taoyuan stand covered in snow yesterday afternoon. Photo: courtesy of the Taoyuan Department of Tourism
Trees in the Lalashan Natural Protection Zone in Taoyuan stand covered in snow yesterday afternoon.
Photo: courtesy of the Taoyuan Department of Tourism

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/01/24/2003637947

Many more links here:
https://youtu.be/Lynj2ydQNqk

Thanks to David Hartley for these links


9 thoughts on “Taipei, Taiwan – First Snow in 80 Years – VIDEO”

  1. Thirty-six deaths were reported in Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan in northern Taiwan from Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday, which the authorities said were probably caused by hypothermia or cardiovascular disease.
    The temperature fell to 4 degrees C in most part of northern Taiwan Sunday.
    Twenty-one were reported in Taipei, 10 in New Taipei and five in Taoyuan.
    Update: 2016/01/24
    ●Over 50 dead around Taiwan, victims of cold spell
    It snowed in the hills and mountainous areas of Pinglin, Shiding, Wulai, Xindian and Xizhi districts in New Taipei, Lalashan in Taoyuan, and Yangmingshan National Park and Chinese Culture University in Taipei’s Shilin District, which is only about 400 meters above sea level, from Saturday evening to Sunday morning, as the worst cold front in a decade hit Taiwan.
    Taipei authorities said 13 deaths were suspected to have been caused by low temperatures on Saturday, with eight on Sunday, three of which were sent to hospital emergency rooms with no pulse on arrival.
    It said all of them were found indoors.
    New Taipei Police Department said it found a 56-year-old man surnamed Chen dead on the street Sunday morning, while most of the other cases were found in their residences.
    Five, one man and four women, were reported dead in Taoyuan, ranging in age between 46 and 84.
    Paramedics said people should call 119 for help immediately if they feel any discomfort, and should not drive themselves to the hospital.
    They also suggested that people and especially senior citizens should keep warm and be prepared.
    http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201601240011.aspx

  2. Over 85 dead around Taiwan, victims of cold spell (update)
    2016/01/24
    Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) A king-size cold spell had taken a toll of at least 85 lives in Taiwan as of Sunday evening, including 35 deaths reported in Taoyuan in northern Taiwan.
    Taoyuan City Fire Department said between early Sunday and 7:00 p.m. that day, seven people were dead, probably because of hypothermia or cardiac diseases caused by the sudden drop in temperature.
    During the previous two days, the department said, 28 OHCA deaths in the city were believed to be caused by the cold front. Out-of- hospital cardiac arrest is also known as dead-on-arrival (at hospital).
    In Kaohsiung, 16 people were rushed to hospitals since Jan. 22, all of whom showed no signs of life upon arrival, officials of the city’s Fire Bureau said Sunday.
    The 16 deaths were mostly caused by the onset of cardiovascular diseases as the mercury dipped suddenly, the officials said, noting that the victims were aged between 65 and 93. Since Saturday, 31 deaths had been reported in Taipei and New Taipei in northern Taiwan. The relevant authorities attributed the deaths to hypothermia or cardiovascular diseases as the temperature fell to 4 degrees Celsius in most part of northern Taiwan Sunday.

    Twenty-one of the deaths were reported in Taipei and 10 in New Taipei.

    Meanwhile, three deaths probably linked to the chilly temperatures were reported in the southern county of Pingtung Sunday, according to data from the county’s Bureau of Fire and Emergency Services.
    The three died soon after they were rushed to local hospitals Sunday, the bureau said, noting that it was unconfirmed whether the deaths were caused by the low temperatures.
    The three fatalities brought to six the number of deaths in the southern county that were suspected of being caused by the cold weather.
    Paramedics said people should call 119 for help immediately if they feel any discomfort, and should not drive themselves to the hospital.
    They also suggested that people, especially senior citizens, should keep warm and not venture out into the cold.
    http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201601240020.aspx

    Reader’s comment: I am afraid the death toll will rise further, we’ll keep reading about it on FocusTaiwan.tw

  3. I live in Taipei. This cold front for Taiwanese is truly phenomenal, and surely will be mentioned in the years to come (that’s if it doesn’t get colder). While Taiwan does get snow covers in the alpine area most of the winters, the snowing of low hills and some sea-surface attitude communities was a first. Many elders were saying on the tv that they have never expected to see snow so close to them, in their entire life!

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