2019 has just begun, but the superstitions from our ancestors still thrive in our culture. Even an everyday thing such as the weather isn’t immune to such baseless beliefs. To help us debunk some weather-related superstitions, we consult experts from no less than PAGASA.
- “Bawal magsuot ng pulang damit o gumamit ng pulang payong kapag umuulan. Baka tamaan ka ng kidlat.” (Don’t wear red or use a red umbrella when raining to prevent getting hit by lightning.)
This is a usual saying we hear before heading out during the rainy season. Maybe this is rooted in the fact that red is a strong color and attracts whoever sees it—even lightning.
What PAGASA Weather Specialist Chris Perez says:
“Lightning can strike anything, anywhere. It is dependent on the concentration of charged particles–positive and negative charges within a thunderstorm cloud and on the ground. The negative charges at the bottom of a thunderstorm cloud are attracted to the positive charges on the ground. These positive charges can be from anything (trees, metal objects, even people)
Regardless of your shirt’s or umbrella’s color, we have to be extra careful whenever we go outside during a thunderstorm. https://panahon.tv/beta/v2/web/blog/2015/06/squat-if-you-must-how-to-keep-yourself-safe-during-thunderstorms/
- “Sasakit ang tiyan mo kapag nakaamoy ka ng alimuom.” (The damp ground’s smell will give you a tummy ache.)
The earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil is called petrichor. Such odor may smell unpleasant to some people.
What PAGASA Weather Specialist Ariel Rojas says:
Petrichor is not known to cause any bodily harm – chemical, biochemical or otherwise. So have no fear of getting those tummy aches when inhaling that scent because it’s a bluff!
- “Kapag kumanta ang taong hindi maganda ang boses, uulan.” (When someone sings off-key, it will rain.)
Nope, this one doesn’t need a scientific explanation. A person’s singing voice doesn’t have anything to do with the weather. This superstition may have been coined to discourage people who can’t sing to belt out tunes.
- “Kapag umuulan habang umaaraw, may ikinakasal na tikbalang.” (When the sun is shining at the same time it’s raining, it means a werehorse is being wed.)
This myth, involving a tikbalang (a half human, half horse creature from Philippine folklore) is probably the most popular weather-related superstition. Across the globe, it is generally believed that such weird weather indicates the wedding day or birthday of a trickster figure (e.g. witch, monkey, fox, etc.). That is why on these characters’ special day, the weather pulls its own prank on us, humans.
What PAGASA Weather Specialist Chris Perez says:
This scenario usually happens during the Hot and Dry, and Monsoon seasons. Isolated thunderstorms, which brings rain showers, can occur anytime during a hot, sunny day. Winds associated with a thunderstorm can blow raindrops into an area with no clouds, resulting in a sunshower.
Now that the expert have given their two cents, you can now face the day with your head held high, knowing that what you wear or how you sing won’t affect the weather. But remember, whatever the weather, it’s best to prepare for it to ensure your safety.
By: Pamela Avigail E. Jayme
Panahon TV Intern
Warm Weather on Rizal’s Birth Anniversary
The Ridge of a High Pressure Area (HPA) continues to bring generally fair weather in the country. This weather system suppresses cloud formation, causing lesser chance of rains. As it prevails today, partly cloudy to cloudy skies prevail in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao though isolated rain showers and thunderstorms are still possible.
In an interview with PAGASA Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran, he mentioned that no weather disturbance is expected to affect the country within the next two to three days.
While it’s a back-to-work Monday in most areas of the country, some provinces are enjoying an extended vacation today. These include Ifugao, which celebrates its provincial foundation anniversary, and Laguna, the birthplace of Dr. Jose Rizal whose birth we commemorate today.
Here are expected weather conditions and temperatures in these areas:
Warm Wednesday and Monsoon Break
In the midst of the Rainy Season, generally fair and warm weather is expected with the presence of the Ridge of a High Pressure Area (HPA) today.
“Ridge” refers to the extended part of an HPA or an anticyclone. Unlike a Low Pressure Area, this indicates an area where the atmospheric pressure is higher than its surroundings. Formation of clouds is usually suppressed, thus, less chance of rains. As it extends across Luzon, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail in Metro Manila and the rest of the country only with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
In an interview with PanahonTV, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Robert Badrina said that the country is on a monsoon break.
Badrina also said that the country will experience a storm-free week.
Potential LPA spotted
A possible weather disturbance was spotted in Mindanao today.
Based on an interview with PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza, the possible Low Pressure Area (LPA) is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone or ITCZ.
“Ang nakapaloob dito sa ating Intertropical Convergence Zone ay mga maliliit na vortices ng Low Pressure Area at posible itong panggalingan nga ng sama ng panahon.” (Embedded within the Intertropical Convergence Zone are small vortices of Low Pressure Area, which may develop into a weather disturbance.)
Considered to be a breeding ground of weather disturbances, the ITCZ refers to the area where winds from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres meet and create interaction. Meanwhile, vertices are mass of whirling air that may develop into weather disturbances.
Today, Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will continue to experience light to moderate rains and thunderstorms this Thursday. In the rest of the country including Metro Manila, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
ITCZ soaks parts of Mindanao
The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) continues to affect Southern Mindanao.
ITCZ is characterized as an area where winds coming from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres meet; this interaction results to rains in the affected areas.
As this weather system prevails, cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will be experienced in Mindanao today. Rains have been affecting the region since last week, prompting the cancellation of classes and declaration of State of Calamity in Kabuntalan and other areas in Maguindanao due to widespread flooding.
Light to moderate rains will also affect the regions of Central Visayas and Negros Island. In the rest of the country including Metro Manila, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail only with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
Rainy first day of school in parts of Luzon and Mindanao
According to the Department of Education, an estimated 28 million students officially opens the school year 2017-2018 today. As students and teachers head back to school, rains will prevail in some parts of Luzon and Mindanao.
According to PAGASA, the Southwest Monsoon or Habagat is still affecting the western section of Northern and Central Luzon, while the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is affecting Southern Mindanao. Due to these weather systems, cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms will be experienced in the Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Maguindanao, Soccsksargen and Davao Del Sur including Davao City. In the rest of the country including Metro Manila, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail except for isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
In an interview with PAGASA Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran, he mentioned that morning rains will be more frequent as Habagat prevails.
However, Duran clarified that there is no weather disturbance in the county within the next three days.
Moderate rains continue in Palawan
The Southwest Monsoon, locally known as Habagat continues to affect the eastern section of Luzon.
As this weather system prevails, Palawan will continue to experience light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms. In the rest of the country including Metro Manila, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail only with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
With rains concentrated in Palawan, humid weather is still expected to prevail in most parts of the country.
Get to Know Habagat
Every year, when the rainy season begins, Habagat begins to affect the country. Due to its warm and moist characteristics, Habagat causes monsoon rains that could last for a couple of days or even a week. Here are things you must know about this weather system:
Light to moderate rains in Palawan
On the first Saturday of June, the Southwest Monsoon, which is warm and moist air locally known as Habagat is still affecting the western section of Luzon.
As this weather system prevails, cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms will be experienced in the province of Palawan. In Metro Manila and the rest of the country, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms will prevail.
While the Habagat dumps rains on some parts of Luzon, residents are alerted against heavy rains, which may trigger flash floods and landslides. It can be recalled that five persons perished in a landslide that occurred in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan last Monday night. According to reports, the victims were composed of a family of four and an infant.
Photos courtesy of Brigada News FM Palawan.
However, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza clarified that there is no weather disturbance affecting the country.
In a press statement, the weather bureau said that widespread rainfall has been observed these past few days. Most parts of the country are likely to experience near to above-normal rainfall conditions in June to July. However, breaks from the rains will occur, possibly lasting for several days to weeks due to the persistence of the Ridge of High-Pressure Area in the North Pacific.
In an interview with PAGASA Weather Forecaster Gener Quitlong, the following criteria for declaring the onset of tag-ulan have been satisfied:
– A total rainfall amount of 25 millimeters or more in three consecutive days which must be recorded at no less than five of these stations: Laoag, Vigan, Dagupan, Iba, Mindoro Occidental, Ambulong, Iloilo, and Metro Manila
– Widespread rainfall due to the prevailing winds brought by the Southwest Monsoon or Hanging Habagat
– Daily thunderstorm activity
To help you stay protected on rainy days, make sure you have the following: