Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Winter That Wasn't

I'm not complaining about the warm weather we've had in the Northeast. I love the nice weather we've been having in New York. Winter for the most part never arrived in New York City and the metropolitan area and that's fine with me. Nothing stresses me out more than icy roads and slick walkways. It makes you wonder, is this the new normal? Is this unseasonably mild winter we've been having in the Northeastern part of the United States, proof of global warming and climate change? Is this the beginning of a trend of warmer winters and earlier Springs? We'll have to see what happens next year. Time will tell. According to Bill Korbel, News 12 Long Island meteorologist, "Temperatures will average more than 10 degrees above normal, for this week."
Early spring flowers are blooming already, some flowering trees have begun to bloom, God's magnificent creation is starting to come alive and it's a feast for the senses!
But there are some serious matters to ponder. Let's hope future generations find the solutions that we might need. An article in today's New York Times, ("Sea Level Rise Seen As Threat to 3.7 Million"), states that "About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming.....By far the most vulnerable state is Florida, the new analysis found........but Louisiana, California, New York and New Jersey are also particularly vulnerable...."
We should be concerned for the sake of the next generation.
I recently went on vacation in Florida. It is a beautiful state. I was speaking to someone who lived there, she worked in the hotel. She said something interesting to me. "It's so beautiful here', she said, "but people say it's not going to last." In her circle of friends and family, that is what they say. Strange, I thought.
Let's hope and pray for the best. Let's hope the future geniuses of the world get us out of this mess, if it turns out that global warming is a fact, which seems to be the case.