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The Myths of Hong Kong's Typhoons

The Myths of Hong Kong's Typhoons
The Myths of Hong Kong's Typhoons

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03 Sept 2022, 15:00 – 16:30

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

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The Myths of Hong Kong's Typhoons 

Language: Cantonese


Hong Kong is affected by typhoons every year, serious casualties have been reported over decades. With the improving technology of typhoon warning system and infrastructure, the impact caused by typhoon has been significantly reduced in recent years. Neither Hato in 2017 nor Mangkhut in 2018 resulted in any loss of life. Followed by the announcement of weather forecast data and popularization of meteorological knowledge, rumours about the typhoon forecast and signal hoisting time arise before the typhoon hits. This talk will address these questions and clarify the myths of typhoons in Hong Kong, and to dispel rumours with correct scientific facts.

Speaker’s Bio:

Mr. Shun Chi-ming was born in Hong Kong, with family roots in Shunde, Guangdong. He graduated from St Paul's College and received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Hong Kong. Mr. Shun joined the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) as a Scientific Officer in 1986 and specialized in aeronautical meteorology since the 1990s. He led a research team to develop the world‘s first LIDAR Windshear Alerting System for the Hong Kong International Airport in the 2000s, and won local awards and international recognitions. Mr. Shun was promoted to Director of the Hong Kong Observatory in 2011 and retired in 2020. Mr. Shun took up several international positions, including the President of the Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology of the World Meteorological Organization and the Chairperson of the Meteorology Subgroup of the Asia/Pacific Region of the International Civil Aviation Organization. He issued the "Hurricane Signal Number 10" three times during his term as Director of HKO and was called the “Typhoon-mania Director” by the media. 

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