Sunday, July 17, 2011

I Hate Your Heat Wave

Yeah, that's right,  your heatwave.   It's the way things work these days, what The Guardian calls "global weirding."   You swelter while out here on the left coast we're stuck with jackets and umbrellas.  Bloody cold and bloody wet.   When the skies do finally clear for a day or two out here, people go embarrassingly hyperactive.

But that's the way it is today.  Drought here, flood there, drought here and flood yet again over there.  La Nina hot bunking with El Nino.   One area roasts, another shivers in the damp.   I suppose we'd better get used to it because it seems to be the new "normal."

So I'm jealous of you for your heat wave but, then again, I'm probably the one better off.  I can get comfy by throwing on a wool shirt.   But I'd be happier if I didn't have to do that as August nears.


Beijing York said...

"Global Weirding" is a good term. It might get more traction with the "coldest winter ever, so much for global warming" crowd. The extreme changes are getting to a point where the deniers can't dismiss weather patterns as just cyclical.

The Mound of Sound said...

Interesting point, BY. I read a great explanation of that "coldest winter ever" phenomenon. In normal times, the Arctic Circle was a low pressure zone in the winter. In the last couple of years it's warmed and now produces a winter high-pressure zone. That, in turn, reversed the Arctic wind currents as warm, moist air from Asia and the Pacific was drawn up to the Arctic and then spilled down to bring massive snowstorms from the US midwest all the way to Europe. America was cold. Canada was unusually warm and dry. That too may be the new reality.