Showing posts with label summer rain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer rain. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Summer Is Here...Weather Permitting

...at least for today, it looks like summer.  The sun shone brightly with no rain clouds in sight. It was a different story yesterday when it rained so hard in Bacolod...but only in the vicinity of the Lagoon, SM and downtown area because when I got to Robinson's and Lopue's, it was just rain showers and by the time I reached the Ayala area, it was drier than dry.  

What Rain?

Reaching Silay, I drove into a gas station for a refill and asked, "did it rain here?"  I got a blank stare that said..."what rain?" Oh...okay.  But this is actually a common occurrence in the occidental side of Negros Island since who knows when.  My mom tells me that when she first came here to live in the 50's after she got married, she and my dad would borrow my grandfather's jeep to go to Bacolod.  The sun would be shining in Silay and the weather balmy.  But when they enter the boundary between Talisay and Bacolod, it would be raining...and vice versa.  It was really crazy weather. So I guess, it's not much different then except that this happens more often now than before.  And of course, contributing to this is climate change.

Holy Week 2012

It's Holy Week and officially the start of summer.  Unlike most people who see this week as an opportunity to get out of town for some R and R, my family and I spend it at home year in and year out. This is a conscious decision made after that first time we went to Boracay for Holy Week way back in 2000.  This was also the year that my birthday fell on Black Saturday. To make a long story short, the weather was good, the beach was wonderful, the company was great...but Boracay is the worst place to be for Holy Week. Frankly, during the 4 days we were there, I thought the sky would turn red and we would all become pillars of salt, just like what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah.

retrieved from:http://www.gensantos.com/2008/03/23/how-people-spend-good-friday-in-boracay and http://www.gensantos.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/boranyt8.JPG


I don't want to be a party pooper but there is a place and a time for everything.  Our Lord and Savior does not ask for much.  Out of the 52 weeks of the year, this is only one week of our life. This is a time of renewal and thanksgiving for his unending love, mercy and sacrifice. Surely, for those of us who believe, this isn't too hard to do.



PostScript by author (04/16/2014)

I wrote this piece in April 3, 2012.  I am republishing it today because after reading what I wrote about that rainy Holy Week, it  did not seem so much different now that it is 2014...it's been raining really hard since my birthday last Monday!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Crazy Weather, Tornado, A Leaking Roof And Earth Hour

We have been experiencing really crazy weather the past week.  I don't know if I should be grateful that the dry season isn't really going to be dry, which is good for the farms and the grass; or scared because summer should be here by now and it is still raining and quite heavily too. What is even more weird is the fact that yesterday at mid-day, a "buhawi/ipu-ipo" (tornado) hit the areas around The Bacolod Doctor's Hospital, St. John's Institute and the back portion of the University of St. La Salle, uprooting trees, throwing off billboards, ripping off rooftops and damaging properties.
Retrieved from skyscrapercity.com (original post by member Boy Muscovado)
flying debris are GI sheets, glass and wood 
(picture taken from behind The Doctor's Hospital)
besides the old Ceres North Terminal (photo retrieved from GMA news)
USLS parking lot besides the football field
another view (Bayan Mo, Ipatrol mo)
And to top it all, because of the heavy rainfall, the ceiling right over my bed starts to leak (a small drop every 5 or 10 minutes) when there is non-stop rain for more than 30 minutes and the worst part is that our handyman cannot go up the roof because of the rain. So I just have to grin and bear it until the sun comes out and it is safe to go up...SIGH!

All these are clear signs of climate change. We are not talking about a few April showers but torrential summer rain and tornadoes! If a few years back, we would only read and think about it, it is happening now and right in our own backyard. What more does it take for us to move and do our part to protect our earth, our home?  This is the message of Earth Hour. On Saturday, March 31, 2012 we are all enjoined to switch off our lights for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 PM, local time.  This event is a reminder for us about the need to take action on climate change.  This is the fifth time that my family and I are participating.  In 2008, we were the only house in our street to turn off our lights...last year our next door neighbor turned off their lights together with us. We will have a barangay meeting tomorrow and I will campaign for this....so, hopefully this year, we will have more houses turning out their lights.

2012 Campaign "I WILL IF YOU WILL"



Thursday, April 23, 2009

ONCE UPON A SUMMER...

What is it about summer that brings about a certain restlessness in me. I used to think summer mattered only for those who are still in school and looking forward to vacation, but so many years have passed since my schooldays and still when summer arrives, I always get that feeling of anticipation...that sense of holiday that only summer could bring...everytime. Is it because there are still school-age kids in the house? Or maybe because it is too near Christmas break that somehow I haven't shed off the holiday mood. But summer started late this year since it continued to rain till mid-March. In fact, it was only in April that the rains stopped...and not entirely because till now, there's minimal to moderate rainfall at least once a week during late afternoons to evenings making nights cooler. In a way, it's nice because the humidity is high during the day, but on the other hand, a rainy summer is a sure sign of climate change. So maybe...in reality...it's not about summer... but it's about wanting some changes in my life. Of course, nothing chaotic or destructive like climate change but...something that makes life more worthwhile...

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