Jeff's Weather Opinions

Well, the crazy weather continues. As I write this, on the 4th day of May, it is 45 degrees outside. I realize 45 on May 4th might not make news if you live in, say, Nebraska or somewhere. But for the northern gulf coast it is pretty chilly for this time of year. I don’t think we broke a record this morning but we just might do it tonight. I’m of the opinion that, if you’re going to set new record lows, May is a better time to do it than January. We probably ought to all soak up as much cool as we can before summer gets here.

In addition to the unseasonably cool weather we’re having, we got a couple of deluges this week. Wednesday, during the day, we got just under an inch of rain. Wednesday night we got more than 5 inches. I know this because our gauge here at the nursery goes up to 5 inches and it was full. WKRG, in Mobile, said our area of the county got between 6 and 9 inches overnight. We got another three quarters of an inch last night before the weather finally cleared and turned cooler. As a grower it takes a lot of rain for me to start wishing it would quit, but I would be ok with a couple of dry weeks now. Mark Twain said it best, “Everybody complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it.”

Personally, I hate getting record weather of any sort because it sets the Chicken Little, global warming / global cooling, sky-is-falling-and-it’s-all-our-fault hysterics atwitter. I have read a considerable amount of the argument from both sides of the debate and have made up my mind that I really don’t know who’s right. And I’m not too sure anybody else does either. What I do know is that we, and by we I mean the intelligentsia who claim to fully understand the dynamics of global weather patterns, are being more than a little presumptuous in insisting we know how weather is supposed to be in the first place.

For me it is a simple question of considering the following numbers; if you take the literalist stance on the book of Genesis, the earth is about 6,000 years old. If you take the generally accepted opinion of geological academics, the earth is about 14,000,000,000 years old. Weather records have been kept for some 140 years now and if you divide 140 by 6,000 you get 2%. If you try to divide 140 by 14 billion, and I can’t because my calculator won’t allow that many digits, you get a number that is too small to comprehend. For anybody, no matter how learned or how loftily elected, to insist that the weather anywhere is supposed to be as it has been for the last 140 years is beyond absurd.

What I tell everybody who will listen is this: the take-home message in the whole climate change debate is that God gave us natural resources to use wisely, and we should. Whether you are an Al Gore acolyte or are dubious about the whole thing the proper course of action is the same. Reduce, re-use and recycle – and plant something to counteract the possible consequences of CO2 in the atmosphere. And for God’s sake quit worrying about it all the time and enjoy life a little bit. It really is going to be ok.

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