Normally, the orchids would be going through a dry period around this time of the year, but not this year!
Kuching’s been getting a lot of rain lately, courtesy of a visitor named La Nina. She is expected to be around till the end of the month. Actually, the amount of rainfall isn’t out of the ordinary if this was the first quarter of the year. But it’s now August, traditionally the peak of the dry season in Sarawak.
Our neighbor to the north has got it worse. Sabah’s been put on flood alert and low lying areas are expected to be inundated by flash floods caused by heavy downpours.
Last year Kuching temps soared so high the thermometer hit 37 degrees Centigrade. Some days it gets quite warm with lots of sunshine but a couple weeks ago, we had two days of continuous rain. Very unusual for this time of the year. While it’s nice to have cooler than normal weather, it’s not too nice to get caught in the rain while hiking or just running some errands in town.
In fact, I was caught in the rain today and had to drive home soaking wet head to toe. Got back home and immediately hit the shower. When I started typing this entry, it was still raining outside, but now the rain has stopped.
Blc White Spark, taken around noon, cloudy but no rain.
Two hours later it was drizzling…
The weather forecast has been quite useless too. The weather is just too unpredictable now! For example, when we were exploring western Sarawak two weeks ago, it was expected to rain the two days we were there. However, not a drop of rain fell and the ground along the trails were very dry.