|[a] Subtropical winter RF|
|[b] Stone RF|
Now that twenty-six winters have passed (and several spent in various parts of Asia), I can attest—even though I had little idea at the time—that I have never been colder than a December day exactly (12/15/85) twenty-six years ago (about six weeks after I wrote these paragraphs). I wore many layers of clothing, and kept plunking away on the chiclet keyboard of my old Copam Electronics computer. A cold front was passing through, and I have never (before or since) felt so cold and wet in my life. It was forty degrees Fahrenheit (five degrees Celsius).
"They" were right, but I could not see the future when I wrote this entry in early November.
—Taipei (Taibei) is in northern Taiwan. The climate is considered "subtropical."
2 November 1985
My Chinese friends have told me that the winters are cold, but, since I am from Minnesota, I will be comfortable. Americans—some of whom are from Wisconsin, New York, and Idaho—tell me a different version. They say that, because of the dampness, Taiwan winters feel colder than those almost anywhere in North America. The air temperature never dips below forty degrees Fahrenheit, but the dampness lingers in stone buildings and human bones.
Not many buildings are heated in the winter, so most people dress very heavily. A teacher told me that his students often wear five or six layers of clothing to class. I find this a little hard to believe, since we are so (relatively speaking) near the equator, but my "informants" are adamant. From the sound of it, the humidity on the island makes Taiwan too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. That will surely make me miss Minnesota’s “temperate” climate.
|[c] Oceancold RF|