I took these pictures on the 25th of February 2017. You can see that some of the trees were already starting to get green. Even this weeping willow is early this year. I was reading that the entire southeast of the U.S. is having an early spring … some 22 days earlier than normal. Now I’m worrying about what summer might be like.
Later in the afternoon at 2:46 pm it got dark and we had a “summer” thunderstorm with hail, some as large as a quarter.
On 7 March, AccuWeather.com said that the actual low temperature at Hanover, PA, USA was minus 12 degrees F and was a record low. On the 9th of March the high temperature was 56 degrees F.
I think that the wild swings in weather that we are seeing around the globe will be the big surprises to most people who seem to not have an appreciation for the effects of slight increases in the earth’s average temperature.
The geese in the above picture know that they have to keep changing the leader in order to preserve the stamina of the entire flock.
People have polluted the atmosphere with carbon by wastefully burning carbon-based fuels. Even those who accepted climate change didn’t worry about a few degrees increase in temperature; but they didn’t realize that major shifts in extreme weather patterns comes along with small increases in the global average temperature. It may already be too late to keep things as they are, even if we change now. We should have changed much earlier to keep the weather patterns of old.
Many cultures and governments are currently learning that they have to change to keep things the way they were. We have collectively moved toward global commerce and now some wonder if that was the right way to go. Is it too late to make the changes necessary to preserve the cultures of old?
If I want to keep things photographically as they are, I will have to make some changes. If I hope to keep walking and carrying a camera I have to make changes. I have been assuming that the pain in my knees was due to arthritis, but I just learned that I have no sign of arthritis in my knees according to recent x-rays that I had. It is my back that is pinching the nerves to my legs and creating my balance problems and pain in the knees. Hopefully I won’t have to have more surgery. I had one lumbar fusion in 2010 because of this problem.
I was reading a news article about the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner over the Ukraine. The article was about how it would never be the same again in reference to Russia and that area of the world and went on to compare the recent event to the shooting of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination 100 years ago sparked World War I.
Is it ever the same? Isn’t each and every day different? Things are never the same and unfortunately it seems that they just get worse. This applies to deaths by gun fire in the U.S., to politics, to the wars fostered by different religious beliefs, to migrations of people running from violence in their countries, and to global climate change.
Plan for change … it will never be the same again.
A take-off on Shakespeare’s Macbeth “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.”
I think of this as I think about global climate changes as our temperatures swing wider and wilder due to the wider and wilder shifting of the jet stream.
In case you haven’t realized it, I am getting more comfortable with my B&W images. I’m finally learning how to process then into styles I like.
We are still having a lot of dark and dreary weather, but at least we have power, light, and heat which is more than a lot of folks have. I think that many are now realizing how bad it can be after storms like Sandy hit populated areas. I can’t think of anything worse than being in a high-rise building with no power, no heat, no light, and no warm food. I shudder to think how it would be if a real bad one hits the east coast of the U.S. around or near New Jersey and New York. Don’t forget that Sandy wasn’t even a category one when it hit the shore. What if it had been a category 5?
It seems to me that these storms are creating more and more damage as the years flow by. This is due to a number of factors like greater density of buildings on the shore lines, rising sea levels, and other effects of global climate changes. To me it seems that the rational thing to do would be to stop construction along the shores … don’t allow rebuilding destroyed buildings. At least stop subsidizing such construction; and I would include all construction in flood plains along with subsidized flood insurance and relief efforts if people insist on living in such areas. It is long past being rational about stopping global climate change. It is too late. We need to now start putting all of our effort toward not making it worse and adapting to survive the coming changes.
But I realize that people are not rational when it comes to thinking about the future so I expect to see a lot of real dark and dreary days ahead, in more ways that just my views of the weather. The economic and social impacts of coming changes are going to get worse.