A funny thing happened yesterday. First time during my two years of stay in Taiwan our entire institute has been urgently evacuated. The reason was the upcoming typhoon named Talim. In fact, one severe storm happened about a year ago, but it came from east, so when it reached Hsinchu its strength diminished significantly, and by the way it was weekend, so nobody was evacuated.
This time we were told just before lunch break (noon time) – working day is over, typhoon is coming. Then I checked the Internet – it was still pretty far, so I decided to stay in the office. The typhoon was expected to hit us around 8PM, so I went home around 5PM. And then I spent 3 hours looking out of my window. Hey, where is it? Did anybody see it? There was only light rain, but typhoon I think is something more severe than that. Then I fell alseep.
Nothing. False alarm.
Look at the picture above – the red line is the predicted track based on some computer models. And the white line is the actual path – it strayed away. We are so lucky! In addition, many people had half of a day off. What a nice day it was!