Yangmingshan “early April 2nd may present the best chance to see this natural phenomenon”
“atmospheric scientists from Taiwan’s prestigious research institute have identified a moderate chance that Aurora Borealis will be visible from areas surrounding Yangmingshan National Forest in Taipei, Taiwan.”
I did actually search for northern lights news before reading the article, guessing that there were forecasts of strong aurora activity that someone in Taiwan had foolishly taken to mean they’d be visible here: so I assumed a different kind of foolishness than what’s actually going on. And based on the headlines, there does indeed seem to be unusual aurora activity this week.
But for us to see it in Taipei, damn, that’s a solar storm that’s going to seriously fry our electronics and perhaps end modern civilization. Or at least crash it for a couple of years.
I’m not sure what level of seriousness we’re at here … you did read the article you linked, right?
Both the local and foreign communities across Taiwan are also thrilled by the news. “ It’s hard enough just to find Kraft Dinner in Taiwan. Now we get the Northern Lights? Things are looking up right now in Taiwan, ” stated Carla, a 4-year resident of Tainan from Manitoba, Canada.
The crowds are expected to converge on Yangmingshan National Park and surrounding areas in Early April. In an attempt to reduce car traffic, Parkbus Taiwan has decided to offer free transportation between Taipei Main Station and the Yangmingshan Flower Clock (陽明山花鐘) during the peak periods of this phenomenon. The period where the aurora borealis will be most visible in Yangmingshan National Forest is between April 2nd and April 9th, 2022.
Only the past five years? I remember thinking the Onion headlines were writing themselves starting around 2008, and really picking up the longer the GOP tried to show how much they hated Obama, instead of doing their jobs, which is, umm, to pass laws and stuff based on the demands of the people.
In my lifetime, there was one time I was able to see the northern lights from Door County, WI. That’s not quite to Canada, but it’s pretty far north within the US. If you could see them Taipei, it might actually be the end of the world…