Rains started falling around 3pm, got stronger by 6pm and did not stop until the next day around 8 am, or at least 14 hours of non stop rains.
The river swelled from a big volume of rainwater from the mountains, plus the fact that the river's width is shrinking due to thick vegetation of nipa. My elder daughter did not like watching a flood, she did not want to get out of my back. My younger daughter is being carried by her nanny here.
And one more bad news: we have a full day power outage that day. It was cold, fine, no need for an electric fan. But it was also dark as the thick clouds were still around even if the rains have stopped. Power resumed around 6pm. We watched the news on tv. Turned out that the whole Visayas, from regions 6 to 9, were affected by the heavy rains with many cities flooded. And it extended further south to Mindanao.
Yesterday, I saw this weird news headline with some idiotic pronouncements from Philippine government climate and weather officials:
WORST YET TO COME
Grimmer weather seen in next 10 yearsBy Kristine L. Alave, TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
See that? "The dry will become drier and the wet will become wetter." Whether the climate and weather will be wetter or drier, warmer or cooler, less rain or more rain, less typhoon or more typhoon, it's all due to "man-made climate change", so we should send them more money so they can fight climate change.
I have asked, I am asking again, these guys of these questions:
1. No such thing as global cooling, only global warming?
2. No such thing as natural climate cycle of warming-cooling-warming-cooling, only man-made climate change?
3, We are not in a period of global cooling, only climate change, or climate disruptions, or climate catastrophe, or other climate-what-have-you?
4. Natural factors like volcanoes, water vapor, clouds, the Sun, galactic cosmic rays, do not affect planet Earth's climate as much as human CO2 emission?
5. Today's climate is "worse" and has changed since when? 30 years ago? 60, 100, or 1,000 years ago?
Readers, what do you think these guys will answer?
I firmly believe that the United Nations and many of its climate agencies -- IPCC, FCCC, UNEP, WMO -- are corrupt. So is the Philippine government, and almost all other governments around the world. Climate science immediately becomes political science. They just want more environmental and carbon regulations, more climate bureaucracies, more global climate junkets, more climate loans, more carbon taxes, more tax subsidies to crony energy companies.
Related to question #5 above, this piece from Steven Goddard is cool:
1911 : Philippines Received World Record 88 Inches Of Rain In Four Days
And related article from the same blog:
A Religion Of Mindless Dishonest Superstition
And this news from History.com, where nearly 70 inches of rain fell in one month in 1972:
Further related to question #5: Do the warming leaders recognize or reject the existence of the medieval warm period (MWP) and the little ice age (LIA), several centuries before the present?
From the many literatures of the UN, governments, WWF, etc., there is either very little or zero mention of these two periods, lasting for a few centuries. Dr. Tim Ball made this observation:
They Are Still Trying to Rewrite Climate to Show Current Conditions Are Abnormal
... The MWP was problematic as the most recent and clearly pre-industrial. Figure 1 shows temperatures for Europe for the last 1000 years shown in the 1995 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Second Assessment Report.
It shows general warming from 1680 following the cold of the Little Ice Age (LIA) that was coincident with the Maunder Minimum of sunspots. This warming shows why charges that others and I were global warming deniers were false. What we questioned was the claim that humans were the cause. “Dickens Winters” relate to Charles Dickens and the cold weather, poor harvests, and hard economic times typified by A Christmas Carol. The period correlates with the Dalton Minimum of reduced sunspots. Conditions of that time are similar to those anticipated for the next 30–40 years.
Dominance of the graph by the MWP was the challenge. As IPCC participant Jay Overpeck said in his email to Professor Deming, “We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period.” This was achieved by the Mann, Bradley, and Hughes 1998 paper in Nature titled, Global–scale temperature patterns and climate forcing over the past six centuries, the original peer-reviewed hockey stick article. Reviewers failed to catch several errors, including the assumption that tree rings only represent temperature, a plethora of evidence for existence of the Medieval Warm Period, and inappropriate statistical method and application. Problems with the hockey stick were identified, but not before it grabbed world attention. A modified (but no more valid) version appeared in the 2007 IPCC Report. It had the same problems as the original with a few more added, including the error of assuming growth rate of stalactites and sediment layers were due to temperature, not precipitation....I say, Amen.
Global coercion to "save" the planet, May 17, 2009
Global Cooling vs. Global Money and Power, May 23, 2009
Russian Astronomer in 2006 Predicted Global Cooling, June 04, 2009
Climate Change Reconsidered, Cooling News in Asia, June 24, 2009
Hot Meetings and Cold Weather, June 28, 2009
Climate Stupidity 23: Low Cloud and Rains due to Warming, December 05, 2011
Climate Stupidity 24: Environmental NGOs as Climate Saviours, December 13, 2011
Typhoon Washi ("Sendong") in Pictures, December 19, 2011