Fire and rain  

puntachueca 105M
2534 posts
8/2/2006 4:53 pm

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8/7/2006 7:43 pm

Fire and rain

For months we've been fried by the heat and drought.

And then it started to rain. And rain. And rain.

Since last week we got over 6 inches of rain...which is about half of what we get in an entire year.

The weather pattern was completely unprecedented for here. The big High that is causing the heat wave back East blocked a scrawny little Low that got stuck between the other High frying California.

The rains produced floods in Tucson and north.

Like I said...this has never happened here before. A whole new weather pattern.

Global Warming?

Has the weather been strange where you live? How strange?

Now I know where all my roof leaks are.

RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
8/2/2006 6:57 pm

Winters milder, summers much hotter, virtually no spring. Nah, isn't that normal? No such thing as global worming. But I STILL can't vote for him. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

puntachueca replies on 8/3/2006 3:42 am:
I thin when Washington is under 20 feet of water they'll start paying attention.

economickrisis 54M

8/2/2006 9:51 pm

I love a sunburnt country
a land of sweepin plains
of rugged mountain ranges
of droughts and floodin rains.

Wouldnt mind some of that rain over here.

puntachueca replies on 8/3/2006 3:49 am:
I love your profile. I'd add "human".

Nice poem.

shylena256 42F
1967 posts
8/3/2006 3:28 am

weird weird weather this year.
Global warming yes.

puntachueca replies on 8/4/2006 10:02 pm:
It is getting even stranger....
we just got slammed again.

catkit13 66F

8/4/2006 5:43 pm

still sweeping the last of the water out of my garage - whew! hard work when it's humid (whine, whine)
and more rain for this weekend, so i'm told

puntachueca replies on 8/4/2006 10:06 pm:
Actually listening to the weather forecast...rain probablity going down....but now how long does it take for mosquitoes to breed in all the puddles lying around....

kyplowboy22 61M

8/5/2006 6:21 am

Yup, things are changing all over. I am not so sure of mans part in it as opposed to just the natural cycle of earthly events. There have been times on earth that it was almost all under water, times when it was almost frozen, other times it was tropical. Perhaps we are just on the cusp of one of these monumental changes and simply don't want to admit the fact that we cannot do much but adapt to the demands of the universe.

Humans want to put lables on everything and point crooked little fingers in blame, because it lends to the illusion that we are ultimately in charge of everything. Truth is, we are in charge of virtually nothing at all, as far as Mother Nature is concerned. We are merely a little unpleasant pimple on her ass at best. When we have poisoned the water and air enough to kill us off, the earth will correct itself quite well in our absence. It always has. Ahhhh, the pitfalls of arrogance.


puntachueca replies on 8/5/2006 12:57 pm:
A friend sent me one of those pictures of earth at night with all the light spots.....and noted that from someone else's point of view some sort of virus broke out on the planet but it will heal itself.....

OboesHonedIambs 62F

8/7/2006 5:27 pm

Western water rights and apportionment thereof confuses the heck out of me and it seems no one but the bigger cities win while everyone else has to keep making do with less and less. A thinking that does NOT support sustainability in my view.

Yes... I'm just the next state over and none of my older friends can recall years like this in their younger days. This is the wettest July I've seen and August is shaping up to be just as wet.

Instant Human -- Just Add Coffee

puntachueca replies on 8/7/2006 7:50 pm:
I spoent most of my professional career dealing with water issues....and summed it up in a tongue-in-cheek piece called 10 Water laws of the West...which is now required reading at many law schools.
Water runs uphill to money is one of the rules.
And the "shortages" we're now running into is based mostly on the money people (i.e. cities) running out of dummies to steal water rights from.
Meanwhile, the fish got their own lawyers.
The old water management system in the Rio Grand Valley (and ours--also Spanish colonial origin) was not based on "first in time is first in right" like many claim. It was a community-based system where work on maintaining the canals was shared (evolved into among other things the modern homeowners association) and when there were shortages, the community decided who needed the water the most on a given day and the shortage was shared so the community survived. The first water quality protection laws were also enacted in the publos and presidios...don't throw your trash or wash your clothes upstream from the town water supply. In one presidio, the family caught doing their laundry upstream had their laundry seized and they had to live naked for a few days.

Now, it's all about money...who can buy the most votes in the legislature, who can hire the meanest lawyer, and "community" is a lost world.

We're getting a lot more rain at the moment, too...but that isn't really solving the long term depletion problem. All the stormwater is running off and going north (we're upside down here).

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