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For the past 20 years you could set your watch on the monsoons, the middle of May it would start with the exception of the El Nino Phenomenon, which they (The old Pinoy Guy at the end of my road) says will occur about every seven years.

Every morning I check the local PAGASA report and it tells me Temp. 33 degrees, partly cloudy and thunder! Please note: Not lightning or rain, but thunder. The odd part is they (PAGASA) are right, the clouds form all day around the mountain and the rumbling begins, not a sharp crack but a slow rumbling raising to a crescendo, and then starting again for hours at a time. Now all that does is start the dog army to barking, like with the fireworks on New Year’s Eve, but so far, absolutely, positively, no rain at all. Now I know there the Veterans got the name “Rolling Thunder” for the motorcycle ride to Washington DC every year.

The smart TV talking heads say: “Whether or not the Philippines is hit by El Niño—although it more than likely will be—it should still prepare for drought in the year ahead.” My son-in-law Chris is waiting for the rain to fill his one hectare tilapia fish pond and to plant 10 hectares of rice this season. The Mango crop came in with no problem, and his eggplants and his other vegetable crops, and the pigs are doing just fine. But my poor granddaughter is working her fingers to the bone on the farm. (Yeah right!)

The pump on my Koi fish pond stopped working, so I thought the rain will oxygenate the pond and I can replace the pump in a few months. Who is going to sit in the rain and watch the waterfall? Well depending on the amount of beer, I might! But now it looks like along with the new tent top, I’ll be replacing the pump.

When or if the rain starts, all will burst out green once more, pixies will be dancing in the wild flowers and more important that dark gray car I bought won’t be covered with dust very morning. See how I find the good in everything. No “Negative Nick” writing this article. The first rain I will be out on my roof in shorts letting the rain soak me, the kids in the purok will be running up and down my street soaking wet in their school clothes and laughing at the same time.

Thanks to the article I wrote (Thanks for Telling Me ) Mayang has promised to tell me when the Bamboo Telegraph hints at any typhoons coming our way I’ll be warned. Okay typhoons are the downside of the monsoonal season, but I need to know so I can strike down her tents in time, and not launch them into the upper atmosphere like weather balloons.

Now Mega Manila 31 May 2015 flooded with just 7 hours of rain, the main Dam/reservoir is dangerously low on water affecting the city’s water supply, and yet if Manila gets 30 minutes of rain it still floods but they won’t have to use any water to keep the grasses green and I guess that’s a blessing

Then last Saturday night it happened, the lightning was flashing off my neighbors mango tree, thunder was blasting just outside of my bedroom window, it woke me up. Well the power went off and the lack of Air/Con was what really woke me. But did it rain, well my yard was damp and there was a small puddle on my carport roof. But not the frog choking gully washing torrential rain that flooded Davao last week and they don’t even have a rainy season. It’s not for me to figure out; my responsibility is to keep my generator full of fuel.

I E-mailed Al Gore to see what information he had on my situation, he wrote back and said I was suffering from Global Drying. I’ll just wait until the rain starts and then I will break into that song….Rain drops keep falling on my head, have a refreshing beer and wait for it to stop raining. The cycle continues.

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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john.j.
john.j.
6 years ago

Where do they get the water for the SMB?? Just think if that dried up lol lol.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  john.j.

John J.
I have an old 300 feet deep well that I’ve not needed for a few years, If San Miguel needs the water I’ll donate mine.

queeniebee5
queeniebee5
6 years ago

Hi Paul, Here in Cebu we usually have two seasons, wet and dry. It used to be that by June 1st the first hard rain would signal the start of the rainy season here. I think that the El Nino phenomenon is in place here too. It has been wicked hot through May, usually the hottest month anyway, but this heat has continued up to now in June too. On a serious note, farmers have been losing early corn crops along with other vegetables in many areas. Thunder has been a big tease for us here lately too. The past… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  queeniebee5

Queeniebee:
All we can do is wait it out, as I mentioned my son-in-law is late planting his rice, and that will throw the years schedule up in the air. I feel for all farmers as they can’t survive unless the rain comes soon. I’m about tired of nothing but thunder. I want those rainy days that knock out the satellite TV and the balmy breezes that follow. Curse that Al Gore for messing with our seasons!!!

Tony
Tony
6 years ago

Just wash your car Paul! Whenever I give mine a bath a muddy rainshower is sure to follow.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Tony

Tony;
In the past that was so true, now I get dust if I wash the car. Or should I say; if the guys at Car Spa wash the car.

SirDemilo Brewer
6 years ago

so i’ll make sure i down visit in May…

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago

SirDemilo Brewer;
To enjoy the rain or miss the rain?

John Reyes
6 years ago

Paul – I wouldn’t mind being in the Philippines during a typhoon, if I were traveling solo. There’s just something about a torrential downpour in the tropics that brings out the child in me. I was in Zambales with my Mom for the entire month of May 2000, when typhoon Biring hit. It rained 9 straight days, and you guessed it. I was out there in shorts in the backyard full of fruit plants and hanging orchids soaking it all in, just like when I was a kid growing up in Salaza. Back then, barrio kids took baths in the… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

John Reyes;
I’m with you during torrential rain, but typhoons and hurricanes not so much as I’m light (165 LBS) But I also love getting wet walking around with folks thinking I’m odd the kids still understand as they come with me. But you’re right, it is fun.

PapaDuck
PapaDuck
6 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

Paul, John,
I agree if it were just the rain, but when it feels like the roof is going to blow off like it did last July when Typhoon Glenda hit us directly, that was not fun lol.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  PapaDuck

PapaDuck;
I believe John was talking about the rain that lingers after the big blow has passed. Or I hope so….(lol)

Denzil Browne
6 years ago

Global drying? !

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Denzil Browne

Denzil Browne
If the earth heats up or gets to cold they call it global warming, so a lack of moister could only be Global Drying!

Denzil Browne
6 years ago
Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Denzil Browne

Denzil Browne
That comment caught me at a loss for words…..

TagumCityTim
TagumCityTim
6 years ago

Paul, It seems that Mindanao is now experiencing the monsoon weather regularity that I saw when I lived in Luzon (A.C.) from 2003-2008. You get up in the morning here and it is sunny and bright. By 2 o’clock the clouds are rolling over the mountains, and by 3 or 4 o’clock we have ourselves either a steady downpour or rain that lasts for a couple hours then it clears out again overnight. When I want a detailed outlook for the weather trends these days I don’t visit the PAGASA website anymore. I use http://weather.com.ph/news. They give much better outlook… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  TagumCityTim

Tagum City Tim;
You hit the nail on the head with PAGASA’s forecasting, and if it is a typhoon everyone will be hit by it and it will be a super storm, that way if you get nothing you’re happy and whomever gets hit they can say they called it.

Paul Thompson
6 years ago

Denzil Browne
Now I understand the facebook stickers do not show up on LiP

Denzil Browne
6 years ago

Excellent article Paul. Can’t wait to get to the Philippines in August and feel the rain again.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Denzil Browne

Denzil Browne;
I was paid off on a ship in Dubai it was 42 degrees on the way to the airport, when I landed in Manila I rushed outside to stand in the cool refreshing rain. My Van driver wanted me dry before he took me to my house. Have a safe trip over.

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