The rainy season started early this year. Or rather, on time. It has been raining since May, traditionally the first month of the wet season. For the record, rain fell continuously for several months, from May to August. This was in direct contrast with last year, when a high pressure area lingered on Northern Luzon from June to July, resulting in an extremely dry weather, and causing many of the country’s watershed to drop down to critical levels, threatening to cut the water supply of many major cities.
The early rainy season was a blessing for us, of course, because it means that we can plant rice sooner. And because the rainfall was continuous, not breaking for even a few days, we are assured of ample irrigation in the ricefield, and enough fund to fill the two fishponds in our farm.
However, for every benefits gained during the damp season, there’s always an equivalent downside. Everything seemed gloomy in reduced illumination (my family, true-blue Ilocanos, as much as possible, refuses to turn on the lights at daytime, no matter how dark it could get) and I also kinda missed seeing a blue sky.
Then during the second week of August, sunshine returned, but only after the climactic onslaught of a typhoon which had originally skipped our country and then, for some reason, returned to the country, as if our country was really a hot magnet for typhoons. It wasn’t quite devastating (except in Botolan, Zambales, where it caused a dike to collapse resulting to massive flooding), but it has somehow managed to break an (underwater) broadband cable in Taiwan, resulting in a massive Internet slowdown for nearly a week.
With what seemed like the exhaustion of supply of rainwater, the rainy weather gave way to another weather extremity: excessive heat. The temperature returned to 30’s. Three months worth of cool weather brought about by the rains seemed to have gone to nothing.
The rain didn’t stop, however, occurring before the end of the day. After a sweltering day, these storms can only get more destructive because of the inclusion of lightning, thunder and strong winds. These, in turn, resulted in power failures, no cable TV connections or inability to connect to the Internet (my current mode of connection was to share my phone’s GPRS connection to my lappy. Since it uses a wireless connection, it may attract lightning. Our house had been struck by lightning once, good thing we don’t own a lot of electronic appliances at that time). I spent that week missing Tayong Dalawa (LOL) and wrestling with the texts of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by the candlelight.
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Blog de Manila had recently posted about a tornado on SLEX.
Times are changing.