As I watch the weather around the the US this past year, I am amazed at all the extremes which have been happening. As I looked at these photos today, I realized how blessed we have been here in Seattle. Many have complained that we didn't have much of a summer but, that would be considered an inconvenience, not a disaster... like many others have had.
Like this article said, after conditions keep happening over and over again, we probably should consider it as the "new normal". Normal or not, it makes me think and rethink about how prepared I am. I know you can't prepare for everything, but being prepared as much as you can... is just responsible and that is just what I want to be for me and my family. So tomorrow, I believe I will start rearranging my garage to get things in order, and then start a new check list of what we need to have on hand. I know this isn't the most positive thing to talk about, but after looking at these photos... I am definitely more MOTIVATED to do something. And this is... as you know a MOTIVATIONAL blog! :)
Good night dear friends!
Extreme weather: 'the new normal'
Federal climate scientists say 2011 has been one of the worst in U.S. history for extreme weather. With punishing blizzards, epic flooding, devastating drought and a heat wave that has broiled a huge swath of the country, the year's weather has been unrelenting and extraordinary.
Los Angeles Times
Mississippi River floods: A levee saves a home.
Tornadoes: May 26 twister kills 141 in Joplin, Mo.
Drought: A cracked lake bed in San Angelo, Texas
Groundhog Day blizzard: Chicago bears brunt.
The weather's apparent caprice puzzled many as it played out: Farmers in Texas and Oklahoma unable to plant during the worst drought on record watched as farmers along the Mississippi River lost their fields to floodwater. Much of the nation suffered through stifling heat while the West Coast enjoyed a mild summer.
Climate scientists note the predictable and cumulative impacts of climate change — hot and cold — to account for much of the extreme weather, although the connection between tornadoes and climate is not clear. In any event, scientists caution the future will hold greater temperature extremes, and for longer duration.
Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say extreme weather has been more frequent since 1980.
"I think it would be a mistake to not think that this has become the new normal," McManus said. "Until it stops happening, we should expect it to continue
"Luck can often mean simple taking advantage of a situation at the right moment. It is possible to "make" your luck by being always prepared." ~ Michael Korda
" Forwarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory." ~ Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark." ~ Howard Ruff