As of Wednesday, May 15, 2019 we’ve had some welcome sporadic rain showers across our island province. With only one day of rain in April and our two wells running low, we were extremely happy to see these brief showers. Consequently I’m slapping this post with the title: “Remarkable Rain Ricochets across Guimaras.”
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is the Philippine’s national weather service. PAGASA has issued a dire warning for our region: “Harsh April El Niño for Guimaras & Western Visayas.” We’ve already instituted strict water conservation measures for our home in Guimaras.
The island province we call home, Guimaras, is officially in a “state of calamity” due to the El Niño weather phenomenon. El Niño is a large-scale meteorological phenomenon that develops in the Pacific Ocean. It is commonly associated with drought in the Philippines. The Provincial Board of Guimaras issued the declaration of the state of calamity based on studies showing that the phenomenon has caused some damages worth P91 million, USD 19.6 million, mostly in rice crops, in the province.