Monday, October 29, 2012

storm warnings


Katrina, Ike, Andrew, Wilma, Irene, Charley, Ivan, Agnes, Hugo, Rita, Frances, Gilbert, Betsy, Gustav. 

These are the names of just a few of the visitors who have caused a lot of misery and destruction in this part of the world. We've been watching pictures from the satellite trackers of another big hurricane expected to make landfall along the heavily populated east coast of the US. She's already done major harm. Nobody is quite sure how much more will be done.

I know these things are natural and can't be entirely prevented but it seems to me the sheer size and power of the storms being generated could be ameliorated if our leaders and corporate owners took global warming seriously. Whether or not the sun is warming the earth more than it was there's not much doubt the Anthropocene age is upon us and, as the old saying goes, 'When you find yourself in a fire, the best thing to do is stop adding fuel'.

What would be best is if these warnings are overblown. Meanwhile, I hope you and those you love aren't in Sandy's path as we keep our fingers crossed.

Best wishes from the wet runny nose of Canada's eastern tip.

23 comments:

Randal Graves said...

The "worst case scenario" as concerns doing something about climate change is less crap in the air and water. And, of course, AN END TO UNLIMITED GROWTH AL QAEDA SATAN BLEARGH.

Francis Hunt said...

A suggestion for a musical accompaniment :-)

marja-leena said...

I've been thinking of you on the other side of Canada as the storm warnings grow. I hope it won't be too bad by the time it reaches your area. Did you hear that the replica HMS Bounty sank with two drowned? Meanwhile out west, we had a 7.7 earthquake off the coast of Haida Gwaii. Makes me think the gods are angry with us over all this destruction we're doing to our earth.

Stay safe, warm and dry!

jams o donnell said...

Heres hoping that the storm is not as destructive as feared.

susan said...

It seems the latest scam is to sell us stuff clean of the crap they put in to start with. Hey, it's a sure fire moneymaker.

susan said...

He's long been an inspiration :-)

susan said...

Yes, we read the sad news about the Bounty this afternoon. I have a couple of nice pictures of her taken at the Tall Ships festival this past summer. She was beautiful under full sail and it's so tragic that some of those aboard her have died.

I read about the earthquake too. You may be right.

susan said...

The flooding looks pretty bad but hopefully there won't be too many more lost lives.

Life As I Know It Now said...

Keeping all souls in harm's way in my thoughts. Stay warm, safe, and dry your own self :)

Lisa Golden said...

Sophie tells me that all the natural disaster movies start with the destruction of NYC these days.

Whatever it takes to end this presidential campaign nightmare, I say.

Ol'Buzzard said...

the storm is destructive, a million are without power, lives are in danger; but it is a macabre relief to turn on the TV and not be inundated with politics.

Here in western Maine we are experiencing 40-45 mph winds with a steady rain - nothing as bad as we expected. I expect we will lose electricity and a few trees will be down - but my wife and I can heat with firewood, we have battery and kerosene lamps, I have gas lamps installed in the cabin for such an emergency, and we can cook on the top of our gas stove. We will deal with it...people in rural Maine tend to look out for each other.
the Ol'Buzzard

susan said...

Hi Lib. We're fine so far with just some wet weather forecast for the next few days. Otherwise, I reciprocate your good wishes to all those others. Be well, my friend.

susan said...

NYC is low lying, overbuilt, and pumps have to run all the time anyway just to keep the subways and infrastructure clear. I'm sure there's truth to what Sophie's noticed.

This is the October surprise nobody anticipated. Interesting that neither candidate has wanted to discuss global warming.

susan said...

It's inevitably the poor who suffer most from disasters of every kind.

I'm glad to know you're well prepared for the storm we're having now and those typical of northeastern winters. Country people tend to be more aware of the basics.
Stay safe.

Gina Duarte said...

Downed power lines and trees, a lot of gusts and rain. In my town there were no outages and no major problems to speak of. Overall, the state was relatively unscathed.

In preparation for the storm,they cancelled school on Monday,allowing me an extra day to recuperate from the minor procedure on my ankle.

susan said...

I'm happy to hear all is well with you and yours in western Mass. Goodness knows, last year's Irene did enough damage to last a long time. It's been fairly quiet here with just some fairly normal for the season rain and wind.

It's good you got a day off. That was a nasty injury to begin with - never mind the insult of repair so long after. I hope an extra day off your feet helps the healing.

gfid said...

thinking of you warm and dry and safe as Sandy blusters through. -21C here tonight, with more than a foot of snow.

gfid said...

your cartoon reminds me of one i saw years ago, portraying Moses walking thru the parted waters of the Red Sea, with teens surfing the waves along the edges. he's saying "knock it off, you guys. this is serious" ....seems like good advice to the global warming jesters and naysayers....

Rob-bear said...

Hope you stay safe in the "weather." Do take care. And tell Crow to stay home for a change.

susan said...

Yow, that's a lot colder than it is around here. It looks as though the storm has finished with us now and the forecast says sunshine tomorrow.

I would have liked that cartoon too. It does seem very short-sighted to condone so much damage and presume it has no effect.

susan said...

Thankfully we weathered the 'weather'. Meanwhile, Crow has left for his annual trip to S. America to visit his condor cousins.

I hope all is well with you.

Anonymous said...

I have two kids and two grandkids on the east coast, but they did ok. Didn't you know this storm was caused by the global warming due to all the hot air coming from this election? It's true, scouts honor!

---Nunly

susan said...

I'm glad to know your family's okay. Damn! Why didn't I guess that was the cause?