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.