Re: (meteorobs) Taiwan weather on 11/18/01
I live in Taipei, and will be in Taiwan for the Leonids this year.
I have also been looking for specific information on this,
particularly the height of the cloud ceiling. No luck so far. I will pursue
it with the Central Weather Bureau.
I can give you some general points though.
The south (Kaoishiung to Kenting) is usually clearer than the north.
Possibly even money or better chance of clear skies.
The north is significantly worse. (Taipei is worst, being stuck in a
valley which creates and retains the clouds) Good viewing is also much the
exception in Taipei, also because of the combined effects of light and air
pollution, even if the sky happens to be clear.
The safest bet is to get as high as possible. We watched the '98 Leonids
from Alishan (Mt Ali - 2663 M) which is in the south of Taiwan, east of
Chaiyi. It was spectacular.
What I don't know is what are the chances that Taiwan will be entirely
clouded out, including the mountains. I will try to find this information
from the weather bureau. I am just about to go home for 10 days but will
look into it when I return.
When viewing from the mountians, get there early, (a day early would be
best, to set up etc. Also don't expect to get away for a long time after. It
took us till early afternoon to be able to leave due to the heavy traffic.
(Narrow mountain roads, and a lot of Taiwans 22 million like to see the
Leonids. This year is likely to be considerably worse)
In the meantime you can view satellite images at
However you can't tell the cloud height. Also I am not sure if archived
photos are available.
Anybody else thinking of coming to Taiwan?
on 6/13/01 9:57 AM, RICHARDSEA@aol.com at RICHARDSEA@aol.com wrote:
> I am looking for data on the cloud cover patterns in Taiwan in hopes of
> viewing the Leonids this november. Does anyone have information to see where
> the clearest skies will be? Anyone else going there or guam?
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