Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Thoughts on Climate Change

This post would be entitled "Thoughts on Global Warming", but "Global Warming" is so 2005.

Being a Kansan, I know heat. I can recall July of last year, and of the year before, when the highs were around 105, and the pond was down so far I could walk along the dried up, scummy rim of what used to be almost knee deep water. I could fill up the goats' giant water-bucket in the morning and it would be bone dry by late afternoon. The lawn mowing season ended due to dead grass. Air conditioners were worth their weight in platinum.

This year, however, is different, except for the air conditioner part. This has been the wettest, coolest, lawn mowingest July I have ever experienced.

In my family history book, which starts in Ireland, but takes place mostly in Kansas, there is an account of no rain falling in one part of Kansas for over a year. 16 months, I think it was. That was in the 1860's. So, what have we here today?

Climate Change! Global Cooling! Kansan Cooling, anyway!

Oh, it's still terribly hot here, make no mistake. In fact, the humidity is so terrible, I often have a sudden urge to swim upstream whenever I walk outside. But, it's still not like last year.

The pond is filled to overflowing, and I have to remind myself to clean the nasties out of the goats' water-bucket, whereas I'd normally just let the wind catch the dehydrated bits of grasses and leaves from the bottom of the bucket when I pick it up. I've considered flying over our lawn with "Agent Orange" to combat the jungle formerly known as "the yard".

Since Kansan Cooling has taken over, I guess I won't be able to start hibiscus and citrus plantations after all.

12 comments:

Johann Van De Leeuw said...

Global warming, global cooling - same thing: they're nonexistant. I heard that there was a big climate drop in the 70's, and it's just now coming back to normal, or something like that.

Son3 said...

Well, nonexistent in that they're natural cycles, nothing to be concerned about.

It all has to do with what cycle the sun is in. Sunspots play a major role. The '70's coldness had to do with low solar activity, so yeah, what we're in is "normal".

Carbon dioxide is not killing the Earth, it is a gas essential to life! It is not the "breath of Satan", as some "scientists" would have us believe.

fuzzys dad said...

It has been cooler and wetter here in Indiana also.

AdamS said...

In the Medieval period it was so warm that there were vineyards in southern England. But CO2 then was much lower than today.

The 1600s and 1700s were a time of unusual cold climate, which we got out of over the course of the 1800s. The 1920s and 30s were warmer, 50s and 60s cooler, 80s and 90s warmer, and now the temperature seems to be starting to cool again thanks to the Sun.

So, I think based on that, we need to pay the new global UN taxes and cull the population, to save the Earth!

YOU'RE GONNA DIE QUICK GIVE ME YOUR FREEDOM NOW AND I'LL SAVE YOU!!! ;)

Johann Van De Leeuw said...

"YOU'RE GONNA DIE QUICK GIVE ME YOUR FREEDOM NOW AND I'LL SAVE YOU!!! ;)"
No kidding. That really seems to be their mentality.

Son3 said...

Thanks for the comments, guys!

That's been the mentality of tyranny ever since 9/11. (7/7 for AdamS, I'm sure.)

AdamS said...

9/11 gave you the Patriot Act

7/7 gave us the Civil Contingencies Bill, which has so many similarities to the above law that it has been referred to as "Britain's Patriot Act".

WomanHonorThyself said...

stay chilled!..grab some pina coladas and an ice bucket..heh :)

Son3 said...

I'll do that... but only with a stiff belt of A&W.

Son3 said...

BTW, Fuzzy's Dad, how hot does it usually get up there?

I don't know a thing about Indiana's climate.

Mike said...

The lawn mowing season ended due to dead grass.

Summers like that are so nice, rather hot, but nice.

This year has been the coolest that I can remember, we have an expected all time low this Saturday (64 degrees I think).

Maybe you should consider starting a Woad plantation!

~Mike

Son3 said...

64??? It's an unusually cool weekend here, too - 80's.

Woad plantation? Awesome idea!

Then I could be like William Wallace!

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