Sunday Essays: Snow in the Philippines: Is it possible?

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

WINTER is one of the things that people who are living in warm countries wish to experience; and people of Egypt and Vietnam has already crossed this one out of their bucket list.

For the first time in over a century, snow has blanketed the city of Cairo.

This phenomenon has shocked and delighted a lot of citizens in the city since they averagely experience only less than an inch of rain annually.

Vietnam too has experienced a heavy snowfall a week after the winter weather incident in Middle East.

Just like Egypt, it is the first time for the country to experience this type of weather since they only have dry winter season which typically don’t produce snow.

Aside from these first timer countries, some areas in the Northeast of USA have been also experiencing wild heavy snow since Christmas.

Though it may have surprised and brought a little inconvenience to the people, other people from various warm weathered countries still hold a tiny inkling hope of experiencing winter.

Hope is fanned further among Filipinos, Vietnam being just a short flight away from the Philippines.

But is it possible for the Philippines to experience this?

According to the website of Pagasa, the climate of the Philippines is tropical and maritime. It is characterized by relatively high temperature, high humidity and abundant rainfall.

It is similar in many respects to the climate of the countries of Central America. It only experiences two types of seasons –the hot or dry season and the rainy one.

The coldest weather experienced in the country was recorded at Baguio with only 9 degrees Celsius. The rest of the weather varies only at an average of 25.5 to 28.3 degrees Celsius.

Despite the reality that the country becomes hotter each year, there were still some signs of snow that has been recorded in the country, particularly in some elevated areas.

Baguio, for example, is known to be the most temperate area in the country. It has been experiencing frost and there were also hailstorms that have been occurring in some parts of the country like Quezon City and Cebu.

However, these so-called signs of snow in the Philippines are not enough for the country to experience the winter weather where snowflakes fall from the sky today.

Baguio may have experienced the coldest weather in the Philippines recorded but the people residing there never experienced snow, not even a bit.

The hailstorms, even if it’s producing pieces of ice, also happened not because winter is coming but because of the thunderstorms that has been occurring.

With the drastic change of climate that is currently happening globally today, it is not impossible for the Philippines to add the winter season in their climate list.

However, if snow would really visit the country one day, it will still take years of waiting for it to occur.

And if it will, it will come along with disadvantages since Philippines is an agricultural country and its citizens are used to the hot climate.

It might delight and excite the citizens at first but will have an effect on the lifestyle and health of the Filipinos later. (Necta Casiple)


Sunday Essays are articles written by students of Ateneo de Davao University for their journalism class.

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