According to Philippine folklore, whenever this weird weather phenomenon happens, a mythical creature called tikbalang (a half-human, half horse trickster that hangs out in the forests and mountains, leading travelers astray) is being wed. This sort of belief is, however, is not unique to our country. Across the globe, it is generally believed that this sort of bipolar 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.
But what is the real scientific explanation behind this occurrence? We get the lowdown from none other than the country’s weather expert, PAGASA.
The Truth behind the Myth
The Philippines has two seasons: the Hot and Dry Season experienced from March to May, and the Rainy Season that comes in from June to September.
According to PAGASA, we can experience both sunshine and rain at the same time during the Hot and Dry Season. Called sun showers, this weather phenomenon most likely occurs in the months of March, April and May. This happens when the ground surface heats up, resulting to a vertical movement of warm air. This forms clouds that bring precipitation while the sun is at a 30-degree angle from the earth.
So the next time you feel both the sun and raindrops on your face, think about how fascinating weather works—almost as intriguing as a mythical creature’s wedding day.
Source: PAGASA |