Dolly–Edouard–Fay–Gustav–all hurricanes that hit, then hung around long after they should have broken up and given us time to catch our breath. And now there is Hanna bearing down on the eastern coastline. Worse, now officially a tropical storm, there is Ike spinning westward across the Atlantic from somewhere off the west coast of Africa–where, the weather people say, there are at least four more forming.
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” someone famous once said. We call her Mother Earth or Gaia. And some folks are no doubt blaming all the horrific disasters that have befallen the entire world this year on humankind’s mistreatment of the planet. As I’ve said before, I’m not sure “she” even cares. A shrug, and buildings fall, people die. She wobbles on her axis and it gets too cold. Almost everything dies. Another tilt and it gets too hot. We are not really sure if warming has ever before progressed to the point of wiping out most lifeforms on the entire planet. It has not happened in our recorded history, obviously, and only regionally as postulated by scientists, in places like the Sahara…
Can’t really blame sunspots. They are only responsible for 😉 “Solar Outages” 😉 , a term that I used to actually see in newspaper ads by my local cable company, to explain why my TV picture was either poor or absent for a while.
And the Bible, itself, actually absolves God of all responsibility in the matter by declaring, “Your Father maketh the rain to fall upon the just and the unjust.”
I just hope that we can someday learn to mitigate some of the fury of these storms without losing the beneficial effects. Ideas, anyone???