Weather bureau projects 3 to 5 typhoons to hit Taiwan this year

Taipei--The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) has projected that Taiwan will be hit by three to five typhoons this year and there is a good chance these will be moderate to strong in intensity.

The bureau released its typhoon projection for this year on Monday, estimating that about 21-25 typhoons will form in the western North Pacific Ocean from June to December in 2017, close to the annual average of 23.1.

About three to five of those storms could directly impact Taiwan, close to the annual average of 3.6, the bureau projected.

The intensity of a typhoon is measured by the maximum average wind speed near the eye of the storm. Based on the wind speed, the CWB divides typhoons into three categories -- tropical storm (minor intensity), typhoon (moderate intensity) and typhoon (strong intensity).

CWB Weather Forecast Center Director Lu Kuo-chen (???) anticipates normal climatic conditions this year and only a low probability of experiencing the ocean-atmosphere phenomenon of El NiAo or La NiAa.

"Therefore, conditions will be normal in terms of the formation and frequency of typhoons," Lu said.

He projected a 70-80 percent chance that Taiwan would see moderate or strong typhoons this year.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel