As a tropical country, we only have two seasons, it's either you're fucking wet from the rain or you're fucking sweaty from the heat, pick your poison. Summer happens from March to May and then the Rainy season happens from June to September and sometimes extends to October. The rest of the -ber months, January, and February are colder because it's winter on the father parts of the world.
It started to storm last weekend, but having seen worse (yes Ketsena I'm looking at you) storms, or just being used to it didn't bother me at all. I was driving on the road when the first "storm" (since it was just hard rain and there was no powerful winds of any sort) hit our city and it wasn't so bad, I could still see the cars and all.
We've been waiting for the rain as if we were in dry parts of Africa. The last two months have been scorching hot, the temperatures ranged from 35 to 38 degrees Celsius, and sometimes even peaking at 42(?) degrees Celsius. Due to that, the dams have been running on critical level, which isn't so nice, and some were forced to shut down. Since our country depends on hydro power plants for electricity, the electric company had to charge everyone almost double the price (I'm not exaggerating) for the last 2 months in their electric bill. So we don't really mind if it storms for the next week or so.
Last Saturday, I saw a pretty ironic tabloid headline, it said: "rain not enough" - and there was a picture of flooded cars.
So the rain wasn't enough to make the dams run on normal levels but enough to make streets flood. Looking back at it, even if the storm was bad, it wouldn't flood our streets because we've adapted them to be flood proof in a sense - it was just Ketsena who really steam rolled rolfstomped 1a2a3a our country. Before that, I think it was a good 5+ years since our country (at least Metro Manila and Quezon City) was on standstill for about a week, even offices weren't open, and it was due to Milenyo (sorry I don't know the international name of this bastard). And before that, me and my siblings would get used to classes being suspended for half a week because of storms, and suffering the consequence of chapter length reading assignments (I'm sure it's nothing new for some people), compressed lessons and/or Saturday classes. It wasn't that the storms really flooded the country, it was just that the winds were strong and all and it's dangerous to go out because you'd fly to your death or something flying would hit you dead (sources needed), not to mention you'd be really wet and there are moments where visibility goes near 0 - it's inconvenient to go out during storms.
I dunno what's up with the government today because it seems that the roads have been extra bad that it can't handle heavy rains when it was able to hold during storms decades back.
Oh well, rainy season is here again and once again my university will prove that their students are waterproof.