Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Freakiness

The weather is starting to creep me out.

Years ago we heard all those warnings about global warming. Did it get any warmer? Not that I could tell.

But this past year has been pretty freaky. From devastating tsunamis, to powerful and extended hurricanes to wacky tornado patterns. Not that there are many GOOD tsunamis, hurricanes or tornados. It’s just that they’ve been SO bad this year.

We had two solid weeks of rain in late July. My toes were starting to web.

It was over 70 degrees a few weeks ago in New York. It’s not supposed to be 70 degrees in November.

I recently read Michael Crichton’s book “State of Fear” in which he debunks the “myth” of global warming. Yes, I know the book is fiction, but it’s also chock full of footnotes to various scientific studies and texts. His arguments are compelling. Maybe global warming really is a load of crap.

What isn’t crap is all the extended weather freakiness. I’d blame it on George Bush if I could but I haven’t found a logical link there (yet). It’s gotta be something.

Did we piss Mother Nature off in some way? Maybe it’s pollution? Or all the cell phones? Maybe Mother Nature’s going through menopause?

After several years of mild winters with relatively little snow, the past few years have increased in intensity. We had something like 11 full-scale snow storms last winter. We just had our first storm last Friday and it has me seriously wondering what this winter in the year of weather freakiness has in store for us.

Snow blower? Check.

Shovels? Check.

Salt? Check.

I’m all set.

But just in case I think I’ll power down my cell phone for a while.

2 comments:

gwenda said...

Do not -- I repeat DO NOT -- trust Michael Crichton on global warming. There's lots of debunking of his take out there, but start here by one of the scientists who actually saw some of his "research": http://www.realclimate.org/index.php?p=74

Rob said...

Thanks, Gwenda. Very interesting reading.

I recognize that, fortunately or unfortunately, with most theories it is easy to find a theory that takes the direct opposite view.