28 March 2012

Yeah Right It’s Summer!

What can I say except that this is so weird? Officially, the calendar says that it is the 29th of March. Indeed, no less than PAGASA had declared just the other week that summer had officially started. Summer. Yeah right!

A quick check of the satellite pictures shows this monstrous swathe of grey clouds that cuts across the country all the way across the Pacific. For those who are not into weather, a cold front is a mass of cold air typically emanating from the northeast or at least from the vantage point of the country.

Something, Kuya Kim said last night on TV Patrol, that more typically arrives in the country during the -ber months. Who knows about the weather these days, though?

Cold fronts are not unknown during the summer months; and in recent years, if memory serves me right, there would be tail ends of these fronts making rather unconvincing cameos even as late in the year as May.

What makes the current one particularly weird is that it has brought so much rain with it. At a time of the year when the Filipino typically nurtures thoughts of halô-halô, palamig, ice-candy and trips to the beaches or the swimming pools, instead parts of Mindoro and the Visayas are inundated by floodwaters.

There are just certain things in life that we who live in Lipa – which is about 1,000 feet above sea level – have to be eternally grateful for. Knock on wood, but while we have no white-sanded beaches, if floodwaters come at all these are usually fleeting and on their way out to the lowlands.

The rush of cold air from the northeast, Kuya Kim explained, colliding with the warmer tropical air near the equator at this time of the year has brought us all these unseasonable rain clouds.

The rains have by no means been hard; and certainly not like the ones we get during the rainy season. More like mild drizzles that just go on and on splattering forever on the roofs around the neighbourhood.

Those who are in Lipa, of course, will also be feeling the cold. Not that ‘cold’ these days approximates anything like what it used to be.

In the old days, once the Holiday Season kicked in all the way to January or February, it was not uncommon for me to put on a sweat shirt and get into a pair of thick cotton jogging pants just to be able to sleep comfortably. On particularly cold nights, perhaps even socks to keep my feet warm.

I did not have to do this for the entirety of the last cold season. In fact, I could even go to sleep in my sleeveless shirts. This last cold season was, at best, really no more than just mild.

The last two days, in fact, seemed colder than any day during what was supposed to be the last cold season. Yet, for those of us who are natives of Lipa, the cold has really been very pleasant.

Not that everyone appreciates it. A member of the Philippine Air Force football team currently in training camp at Fernando Air Base in his Twitter account complained, “Sobrang lamig! ‘Dî ‘atâ uso summer dito!”

I just had to laugh when I read that remark.

That short quip, I thought, sums up what this really strange end of March has become. Summer? Yeah right!

Thanks to:
PAGASA for the satellite photo. http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/
Typhoon2000 for the weather map. http://www.typhoon2000.ph/








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