Sunday, March 21, 2010

Grateful for the Rain in Summer

It was four o’clock in the afternoon, moderate northeasterly wind was blowing relentlessly. Cloud was overcast that suggest it was going to rain. There were studies that say that an overcast weather brings on a seasonal affective disorder for some people making them somewhat depressed but for me it really made me very happy. It’s been weeks that I was always wishing for this kind of cloud formation for the cloud seeding operation or for real rain to water the withering farmlands.

Some minutes later I heard sound as if knocking softly on my window pane. Oh, it is finally raining! That is a welcome blessing from heaven and it only signifies that the wrath of El Niño may finally come to an end. A month ago, local news was all about El Nino thus I was afraid that we might experience water shortage. This is an answered prayer I would like to believe. What really matters is that God has not forsaken us despite a blasphemous joke that a government official once thrown in one of his media hype related to electric power crisis and El Nino (I hope God forgives his ignorance).

Climate change, there is not much we can do to control it. So even if it would rain during summer season in our country, and even if I haven’t enjoyed much of the beach yet, I am still grateful for the RAIN.  The less than twenty minutes downpour is just enough to moisten the soil of my precious flora and other wilting plants around the metro.  Unpredictable weather...I am hoping it will not bring us La Niña in the coming months. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Neither a Drop to Drink?

It’s been over a week now since I last heard tweets from my neighbor’s African lovebirds, they used to wake me up every five in the morning but it seems that they already succumbed to untimely death due to El Nino.

Aside from plants and humans, animals too have been badly affected by El Nino as there are reports of death affecting piggery and poultry farms and fish kill in many parts of the country. The situation is really getting worse since several frightful effects of this phenomenon have been evident every day and it looks like we are in for a game of survival of the fittest where the lame and the weak would be the first to go.

Another record was set at about three PM today to be the hottest temperature for the year at 35.5 degrees centigrade and I hope it will not get any hotter than that or we will sure to suffer the consequences of drought considering that summer season is just starting and is expected to last until the months of April and May. Cloud seeding operation to produce rain artificially has not been successful. Most dams are fast approaching critical level and rivers have started to dry up which are the sources of household and irrigation waters thus adding more burden to the agriculture, power and business sector.

Some weeks ago I was only wishing to escape the city for some refreshing time at the beach but I think I need more than that, the whole country needs hope and earnest prayer for rainwater that will be enough to fill up the water reservoir. It will be a big question whether we will have enough safe water to drink in the coming days, I just hope we will not reach a time when we have to struggle for a drop of water. The situation is not only a test of our tolerance but also a test of our faith.