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Expat In Bacolod

Stephen Bentley - Writer

Tag: thunderstorm

Heat Lightning in the Philippines

I had never heard of heat lightning before yesterday. Indeed, I had never witnessed the phenomenon before. It’s a beautiful sight.  I Googled it but most of the camera shots don’t really portray what I saw. This is similar to what I saw. Even that great photo doesn’t do justice to what I saw. The flashes lasted for about 20 minutes. I was so mesmerized that I overlooked to grab my phone or the camera to record the event. No doubt there is a TV program somewhere that shows heat lightning in all its glory. Here is another photo I found: When it was all over I posted this on Facebook to ask a friend, a meteorological expert, about it. I have just seen a… Read More

Stormy Weather! Or Why I Prefer the Philippines to British Weather

I write this during yet another thunderstorm and a heavy downpour here in Negros Island in the Philippines. I love thunderstorms. Are you one of those people fascinated by the TV documentaries about storm chasing, whirlwinds and all that other violent weather that us humans have to contend with? I know I am. Where did all that start? I mean loving thunderstorms . In my case I can trace it back to when I was a child, but more of that later. I am also conscious as I write that violent weather can kill people. That is a fact all Filipinos are aware of as a result of the regularity of typhoons sweeping through the archipelago. I have often heard Filipinos refer to two distinct monsoon… Read More

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