August is known as the Daylily Flower Season(金針花季), when orange daylilies are in full bloom, blanketing Mt. Talampo (六十石山), and attracting throngs of visitors. However, on Aug. 26, many witnessed a rare natural phenomenon occur on the mountain, the appearance of a tornado. Onlookers were heard shouting in wonder.
A local farmer was able to snap a photo of the tornado. In it, the backdrop of blooming daylilies is still visible.
Chang Su-hua, director general of Fuli Township’s Farmer Association, explained that it seems the tornado must’ve formed above Zhuoxi Township of the Shiping tribe, located at the feet of the central mountain range opposite of Mt. Talampo. He added that it might’ve not been visible below the mountain, since the tornado had appeared in an area with rivers and creeks, no villages, and it never touched land.