Weather to worryNovember 10, 2011
It’s been snailing. Tiny snowballs fall as directly as rain from heaven to earth, and then bounce in the grass like hail as they land. They don’t float like their snowflake cousins, frozen, icy feathers studying a green and white mosaic below, rising and falling on the whim of prevailing winds.
Yesterday the wind howled as a banshee through every narrow it found and blew open the back door with a loud bang. The path of the wind resembles an Alberta clipper. Maybe it’s the first of the season, driven right into the heart of the Great Lakes region. Regardless of the name, it is definitely lake effect snow that we know so well; it’s fast, wet, heavy and furious.
Storms are less scary in this house than in any other place. I have seen that you feel it, too, even last summer when we watched things sail by the windows and trees bending and breaking under the pressure of the wind and rain. I wish this house could affect weather in the winds of change sweeping the globe.
Alaska is being pummeled by a hurricane-like storm with terrifying winds and towering sea surges. Thailand is under water. Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee pushed silt into the upper Chesapeake Bay, effectively wiping out the oyster population and the livelihood of the oystermen in the area.
Serious storms are on the rise.
An earthquake rattled Oklahoma. Earthquakes have been occurring in a lot of unusual places. Though geological and not meteorological, the earthquakes feel as though they are part of the winds of change, part of a cosmic crack-the-whip game that is changing us, too. With each snap of the cosmic whip another region is struck dumb by the resounding report of the tail, bruised by the flick of the tip darting as quickly as the tongue of a snake.
Earth trembles and relations on the world stage are amplified and distorted, twisted and exaggerated in a quest to strike a balance between rendering aid and retaining political power.
Reflective of world relations, our weather and geology are telling a tale, a thriller whose conclusion I cannot fathom. I wonder how we will weather the story, and whether we should worry.