LAST Tuesday, we had our first typhoon for the wet season. Pagasa predicted that the eye of the typhoon "Basyang", would hit Central Luzon. So early morning of Wednesday, my son's teacher sent a text message informing us that classes are suspended. Lo and behold, the rains and strong winds did not come.
Instead of Central Luzon, Basyang pounded Metro Manila and the Southern Tagalog Region. This 'error' in forecasting the typhoon's path earned the ire of President Noynoy. Pagasa explained that their current capability is to issue bulletins every six hours only which is not acceptable to P-Noy. He told them to list down the equipment they needed so they can do their job better.
So there. I hope Pagasa will have improved forecasting next time so we can better prepare for destructive typhoons like Ondoy and Pepeng.
According to Pagasa, "Basyang's" rain is not enough to refill Angat Dam to its normal level. The weather agency said it will take around two to three storms to pass over the area for the water levels normalize. Angat Dam supplies 97 percent of domestic water supply of the National Capital Region.
No worries, says the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje. In a statement posted in the DENR website, he said that the reduced allocation to Metro Manila water concessionaires at 32 cubic meters per second was still adequate to meet the water needs of the metropolis. There's no water crisis.
While we are now in the wet season, other places on earth are experiencing hot summer. In the U.S., The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) State of the Climate report shows the June 2010 average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 71.4 degrees F, which is 2.2 degrees F above the long-term average (1901-2000) (http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2010/20100709_junetemps.html).
Record warm June temperatures occurred in Delaware, New Jersey and North Carolina; each had average temperatures between 5 and 6 degrees F above the long-term mean. Seventeen other states had temperatures that ranked among their 10 warmest for June. This heat wave is also being felt in Central Canada with temperatures between 30 to 35 degrees Centigrade according to news reports. With humidity factored in, the temperature is much higher. With heat comes also the problem of smog which Central Canadians have to contend with.
Is this the effect of global warming?