Given its subtropical and tropical climates, it is unusual to see snow on Taiwan island, unless you're 3,000 meters above sea level in the mountainous region during winter. However, due to the negative phase of arctic oscillation, the strongest cold front in 10 years hit Taiwan on January 24, 2016, and many areas below 1,000 meters in altitude were experiencing snow this past weekend.
Many Taiwanese took the opportunity to take photos of the perhaps once-in-a-lifetime snowy scenery.
Since the air temperature dropped much more rapidly than the sea surface temperature, the rarely seen sea smoke was observed in southern Taiwan. This YouTube video posted by Ya-Lin Tsai was shot at Xiaoliuqiu:
The white weather hit vegetable and fish farmers hard, and deaths related to the cold have exceeded 40.
Taya Yumin lives in Mrqwang in Hsinchu with her family. She said that on January 25:
I went to our farm with Mom. We poured water on the vegetables and removed the snow and ice from their leaves. We worked in the field until freezing, but we still laughed and said that we should hold a parting ceremony for our vegetables.