Putting things in perspective

FloridaMy daughter has been keeping in touch daily and is safe.  More than two million people have been evacuated from several Florida states but she has not (so far) been affected.

Although Hurricane Dorian weakened, it has now gained strength again according to The National Hurricane Centre at 8am this morning. They issued the warning that  “a life-threatening storm surge with significant coastal flooding is expected along a large portion of the south-east and mid-Atlantic coasts of the United States in the next couple of days”.  Daughter’s reassurances are therefore doing little to allay my worries.

The devastation caused by the hurricane has been well documented and no-one could fail to be shocked and extremely saddened at the scenes we have seen. Winds of up to 185mph (298km/h) equalled the highest ever recorded at landfall. How daily life is rebuilt after that, I have no idea. What a reminder to us here in the UK that there are concerns very much greater than our own political mess.

The planet is, as ever, at the mercy of nature and there is disagreement among experts as to how much effect the rising temperature of our climate is having on the severity of weather conditions. It is, however, not in doubt that hurricanes are becoming more powerful and more destructive as increased sea surface temperatures strengthen wind speeds. What’s more – it is projected that sea levels will rise over the next hundred years by as much as four feet which has the potential to cause even greater coastal flooding. It’s a scary thought.

 

 

 

9 comments

  1. I’m glad your daughter is safe. She’ll certainly have a holiday to remember.

    Yes, the weather is becoming more severe, the ice sheets are melting at a faster rate, the Amazon is burning, and not everyone believes in climate change.

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    • Thank you, Margaret. She appears to be safe from the storms but today saw a snake at the Riverside. She detests them and said that was scariest thing!

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  2. You might get this comment twice as I’ve commented using Safari and it disappeared – here goes!

    These events are so worrying now what with the hurricane stalling over the Bahamas for many more hours than usual, and you have a daughter in Florida? I’d be freaking out Eloise – you’re not over-reacting one bit!

    I’ve just come back from the Norwegian fjords which are so beautiful but I do wonder at the lovely little houses dotted along the shoreline of these fjords (they can’t be built any higher because of the terrain). They really will be badly affected when the seas rise – which they will of course, as our elders and betters are still blind to what’s going on and in denial or involved in matters (I’m talking about Brexit) that are really irrelevant to our survival.

    We live in interesting times and that is actually a curse!

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    • My daughter is on holiday there, Penny. I’m very glad she doesn’t live there! The fjords are beautiful. It’s about 10 years since we were there but planning to do the cruise again in 2021. A good point regarding the houses in Norway – survival is key and without that all else becomes irrelevant. The history books of the future will certainly have some interesting chapters!

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  3. These events are so worrying now what with the hurricane stalling over the Bahamas for many more hours than usual, and you have a daughter in Florida? I’d be freaking out Eloise – you’re not over-reacting one bit!

    I’ve just come back from the Norwegian fjords which are so beautiful but I do wonder at the lovely little houses dotted along the shoreline of these fjords (they can’t be built any higher because of the terrain). They really will be badly affected when the seas rise – which they will of course, as our elders and betters are still blind to what’s going on and in denial or involved in matters (I’m talking about Brexit) that are really irrelevant to our survival.

    We live in interesting times and that is actually a curse!

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