Doors to Diplomacy Participants

Hemei Senior High School (2019 CyberFair Project ID 8463)
Taiwan, Changhua
Official Status: Final Project: Ready for Judging
Category: 1. Local Leaders

We estimate 10 student(s) from 12 to 15 will work on this entry.

Description of Our Community: Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, is an island located in the eastern part of Asia and on the northwestern Pacific Ocean. It is located in the southwest of Japan, north of the Philippines, and across Taiwan Strait from the mainland of China . With an area of about 36,000 square kilometers, it is the 38th largest island in the world, of which seventy percent become mountains and hills. The plains are mainly concentrated on the western coast, and the elevation of the terrain varies greatly. Changhua County is known as "the granary of Taiwan". It is located in the central part of Taiwan's main island. It borders Nantou County in the east and the Taiwan Strait in the west. The south side is bounded by Choshui River and Yunlin County, and the north side is bounded by Wuxi and Taichung City. Hemei is located in northwest Changhua, with about 9 million populations as the satellite city of Changhua City. Dadu river is by its north, Shengang and Xianxi by northwest, Lukang and Xiushui by southwest, Changhua City by east. It experiences a subtropical monsoon climate, average yearly temperature is 23?, the rainy season is mostly between February and September, its ratio by type of rainfall in descending order are plum rain, typhoon, southwesterly flow and spring rain. In winter, northeast monsoon brings strong winds. An early name was “Khah-lí-sian”, taken from the aboriginal Babuza language, it means the junction between hot and cold, warm weather and beautiful environment. After Yuanlin is upgraded into a county-administered city, Hemei becomes the biggest urban township in Changhua County. It is also the third biggest township in Taiwan (only fewer than Caotun, Nantou and Zhudong, Hsinchu).

Project Description: Lu Quan-En, the stationmaster of the "Silver Star Weather Station" in Hemei Town, Changhua County, Taiwan, has set up weather observation equipment on the roof of his house. Through gathering the observations from the "Weather on the Roof", he has kept updating the weather conditions on the fans page of Facebook" Preemptive Forecasts of Taiwan Weather " .So far, he has provided more than50,000 fans with the first-hand weather forecasts for free. Master Lu Quan-En’s “Silver Star Weather Station” is the only private-owned weather station with registration certificate from Central Weather Bureau. It used to be the only “weather station” in Changhua and Yunlin area. He once stopped observing for ten years, and the equipments are not good enough for observation anymore. He wishes to rebuild his station by fundraising, and the station can become a pivot for promoting weather knowledge. Inside a normal alley of Hemei, Changhua, a blue sign “Silver Star Weather Station” is on the door of a townhouse. Master has been struggling to keep the station running, and his instruments can only spread around the corners of his house. “Siphon type rain gauge” and “anemomter” (which was destroyed by Typhoon Soudelor in August, 2015) are placed on the platform of tin roof. “Aneroid barometer” is ticking on a cabinet in the worship hall. At the clothes drying yard, a notebook is on the desk and a box of weather chart sheets is on the steel cabinet which contains weather related books and information. However, master Lu isn’t giving up, and he still shares weather information on the internet.

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