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Amihan wind

***** Location: Philippines
***** Season: Cold Season
***** Category: Heaven


In the Philippines , after the Christmas holiday season, we Filipinos feel a cooler temperature than in the previous months. This usually occurs in the first quarter of the year. We understand that the ice in Siberia is beginning to melt and so the wind that reaches the Philippines becomes cooler. This wind is generally known as amihan or northwest moonsoon.

Amihan has another meaning. In the Philippine mythology, Amihan is also a legendary bird who frees the first humans, Malakas and Maganda, from a bamboo plant.
Malakas means strong, while maganda is beautiful.

Amihan sings
for Malakas and Maganda--
Philippine new moon

Melchor F. Cichon
Aklan, Philippines



The local climate is hot, humid, and tropical. The average yearly temperature is around 26.5°C. There are three recognized seasons:
Tag-init or Tag-araw (the hot season or summer from March to May),
Tag-ulan (the rainy season from June to November), and
Taglamig (the cold season from December to February).

The southwest monsoon (May-October) is known as the "Habagat" and the dry winds of the northeast monsoon (November-April) as the "Amihan".
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The Amihan and Habagat seasons
at Boracay Beach

In the Tagalog language, Amihan means a cool northeast wind and Habagat means west or southwest wind; south-west monsoon. Amihan and Habagat seasons are generally associated respectively with the La Niña and El Niño global weather patterns. The Amihan season is characterised by hot temperatures, little or no rainfall, and a prevailing wind from the east. The Habagat season is characterised by cold and hot humid weather, frequent heavy rainfall and typhoons, and a prevailing wind from the west.

Boracay Beach indicators of the switch between the Amihan and Habagat seasonal patterns is the switch in wind direction. In most years this transition is abrupt and occurs overnight. In some years there is a period of perhaps a week or two where the wind will switch between Amihan and Habagat patterns several times before settling into the pattern for the new season. As a general rule of thumb, Boracay will be in the Amihan weather pattern from sometime in September or October to sometime in May or June and in the Habagat weather pattern for the remainder of the year. These dates can vary in individual years, though.
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Gabi Greve said...

amihan blowing
as no one welcomes us
at the airport

barely landed
and the cool wind
blows us away

After a seven-year absence, finally a week-long visit.

do I go
or do I stay
... amihan

Ella Wagemakers

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