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Volcanic eruption and the weather

1. Volcanic eruption


On September 21 a volcanic eruption happened in the Taal region on Luzon. In the morning on the 22nd I noticed that there was a lot of smog around the city when I looked out of the window from my apartment (not knowing what had happened). I went to the office like normal, although a lot of people were wearing facemasks. When I arrived at the office I was told that there was a lot of volcanic ash in the air and that it was advised to wear a facemask while walking outside. This is something I’ve never experienced before in the Netherlands. As we don’t have any active volcanoes in Europe, except for Iceland, which is a couple of thousand kilometers away.


A volcanic eruption in close proximity to a major city can profoundly disrupt the real estate market, particularly due to the aftermath of volcanic ashfall. The deposition of volcanic ash can have a range of adverse effects on property values and market dynamics.


Firstly, the accumulation of volcanic ash on rooftops, streets, and outdoor spaces can lead to extensive property damage. Ash is abrasive and corrosive, causing deterioration of building materials and infrastructure. This damage not only reduces the aesthetic appeal of properties but also requires costly cleanup and repairs, diminishing property values.


Moreover, volcanic ash poses health hazards, especially when inhaled. Cities affected by ashfall may experience a temporary evacuation or shutdown of businesses, leading to economic slowdowns. This economic uncertainty can make potential buyers and investors wary of real estate in the area, further dampening property values.


Additionally, the long-term consequences of volcanic ash can affect property desirability. Even after cleanup efforts, residual ash can continue to affect air quality and overall living conditions, deterring both residents and investors. This reduced demand for real estate can result in a surplus of properties on the market, which can drive prices down.


In the wake of a volcanic eruption, cities may need to invest heavily in ash removal and infrastructure repairs, diverting resources from other development projects. This reallocation of funds can impact property values as it limits potential for growth and urban improvement.


Overall, the presence of volcanic ash in a nearby major city can lead to property damage, health concerns, economic disruptions, and a decreased attractiveness for real estate investments, all of which can have a detrimental impact on the local real estate market.



2. Weather difference the Netherlands and the Philippines

1. Location and Geography:


The Netherlands, a picturesque country in Northwestern Europe, is known for its iconic windmills, tulip fields, and a unique geographical feature – much of its land lies below sea level. Its location near the North Sea significantly influences its climate. The flat, low-lying landscape exposes it to maritime influences.


Conversely, the Philippines, an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, is situated in Southeast Asia, closer to the equator. Its geographical diversity ranges from lush tropical rainforests to towering mountain ranges, which can result in varying weather patterns across the islands.


2. Temperature:


The Dutch experience a temperate maritime climate. Imagine strolling along Amsterdam's historic canals during summer, when temperatures typically hover between a comfortable 17°C to 20°C. However, be prepared for chillier times during the Dutch winter, with average temperatures of 2°C to 6°C.


In the Philippines, the sun's embrace is felt throughout the year. Picture yourself on the white sandy beaches of Boracay or Palawan, where temperatures consistently range between 25°C to 32°C. It's a tropical paradise where you can escape the cold entirely.


3. Rainfall:


Now, let's talk rain. The Netherlands doesn't discriminate when it comes to precipitation; it can be wet year-round. In this country, an umbrella is a year-round accessory. Rainfall varies across the nation, but expect annual averages between 700mm to 1,000mm.


Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the rain comes and goes like clockwork. From June to November, the southwest monsoon (habagat) sweeps in, bringing heavy rains. Then, the dry season arrives, like a soothing breeze from December to May. This seasonal rhythm keeps the land lush and green, with some areas receiving more than 4,000mm of rain per year.


4. Humidity:


Humidity is a factor that affects daily life and comfort. The Dutch experience moderate humidity, with a touch of stickiness during summer. It's the kind that makes you appreciate a refreshing breeze.


In contrast, the Philippines is no stranger to high humidity levels, especially during the wet season. Picture yourself in Manila, where it feels like you're walking through a sauna due to the tropical climate. You can practically cut through the air with a knife during the peak of the wet season.


5. Extreme Weather Events:


The Netherlands occasionally encounters storms and heavy rainfall, which can lead to flooding, particularly in areas prone to it. However, it doesn't experience tropical cyclones, and severe weather events are relatively rare.


In the Philippines, the story is different. Typhoons, or tropical cyclones, are frequent visitors during the wet season, especially on the western side of the archipelago. These powerful storms can unleash torrential rain, strong winds, and flooding, making disaster preparedness a critical aspect of daily life.


6. Seasonal Variations:


In the Netherlands, each season offers a distinct character. Spring blooms with vibrant tulips, summer invites outdoor festivals, autumn paints the landscape in warm hues, and winter transforms the country into a snowy wonderland. The changing seasons add a dynamic element to Dutch life.


Meanwhile, in the Philippines, seasons blur into a continuum of warmth. While there's a noticeable difference between the wet and dry seasons, temperatures remain relatively consistent year-round. It's a tropical paradise where you can count on the sun's embrace, albeit with occasional rain showers.


In conclusion, the Netherlands and the Philippines present a stark contrast in their weather patterns, shaped by their unique locations, geographical features, and climate zones. Whether you prefer the four seasons of the Netherlands or the tropical allure of the Philippines, both offer captivating experiences for travelers and residents alike.


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