TYPHOON 2010

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The onset of the rainy season was announced in early June 2010. It is part of the Tropical Monsoon season that hits a large part of South East Asia. In the Philippines, situated in the tropical zone, have only 2 weather seasons-hot and rainy. During the rainy season we experience tropical typhoons or tropical storms or as referred by Wikipedia as East Asian cyclones.

All that heavy rain and flooding all over CNN recently is a regular occurrance for Metro Manila even during my young formative years. Even the recent Singapore flooding of Orchard Road pales in comparison. Here is a little reminder of typhoon Ondoy from last season and these images are considered tame.

The word typhoon, which is used today in the Northwest Pacific, may be derived from Urdu, Persian and Arabic ţūfān (طوفان), which in turn originates from Greek tuphōn (Τυφών), a monster in Greek mythology responsible for hot winds. The related Portuguese word tufão, used in Portuguese for typhoons, is also derived from Greek tuphōn. It is also similar to Chinese “taifeng” (“toifung” in Cantonese) (颱風 – literally great winds), and also to the Japanese “taifu” (台風), which may explain why “typhoon” came to be used for East Asian cyclones. –Wikipedia

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In the Philippines, names of typhoons are changed once it reaches our area of responsibility. For 2010, the names of typhoons that have been lined up by PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration): Agaton, Basyang, Caloy, Domeng, Ester, Florita, Glenda, Henry, Inday, Juan, Katring, Luis, Neneng, Ompong, Paeng, Queenie, Seniang, Tomas, Usman, Venus, Waldo, Yayang and Zeny. Names of letters M and R have gone AWOL. And can’t seem to be found.

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Just last week we experienced the wrath of Ester with 20 more to go for this year. Even as many roads have been repaired or are still being repaired, along with drainage systems, flooding still occur during the initial stages of heavy rain. There is an urban myth that goes: if PAGASA declares no classes or work for the day due to heavy rains then it is much the opposite and it is usually a good day to go out without the everyday traffic jams.

On August 6, newly elected President Aquino sacked PAGASA chief Nilo for the forecast of typhoon Basyang that was predicted to skirt Metro Manila but instead hit head on and caused flooding and major power outtage for 2 to 3 days. With the Philippines still in the early stages of typhoon season lets all hope that interim chief Science Undersecretary Graciano Yumul will better inform the country of incoming tropical storms.

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Photos were shot in various stages of rainy season. All RAW converted to TIFF and further processed in Photoshop.