Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Day 229

The raccoon put fish sticks in the pool.

The fish sticks lay on the bottom all night.

Retrieving them without turning them into murk is both an exercise and an art form.

I started this blog in the winter of 2004. I remember that well because we were in a monsoon and for the first few days I thought the water might make its way into the house. Orion was toddling around in diapers. Each year I write about summer in the desert. This year is different. I'm not writing. I'm watching. Just watching. As always, we swim at night. I lie on my back and look up at the stars. I look out there.

Let's talk about the weather. I don't find many people talking about this when I'm out and about. I really want to know what you think. Where are we headed?


yemamaya said...

It's boldly going nowhere in particular... they say global warming- not here, here it's cold when it should have been warm, rainy when there should have been drought. It's changing, and not for the better. Just becomin weirder, unreliable and unstable.Silly weather.

lisahgolden said...

I can't even imagine the fishsticks in the pool, but it gives me an idea for a cartoon.

If last night's lightening display is any indication, where the weather is heading is somewhere dramatic, showy, definitely different from what we've known. I know that cycles and patterns are involved, but I think we have had an impact on our atmosphere and it's not a good impact.

Syd said...

I've lived in the Los Angeles basin my entire life. The last five years or so, we've had major clouds--big thunderhead-looking clouds--building up over the mountains during the summer days, typically beginning in early afternoon. It used to be for a couple of weeks in late August/early September (and then the santa anas would start).

Then it was earlier in August. This year I started seeing the could buildup in July.

The buildup has also started earlier in the day, with a lot more ambient humidity--even if it's "only" 50-60% humidity, that's a big change when it used to be more like 30% or less.

It's pretty obvious to me, based on experience at the microclimatic level, if you will, that the weather patterns for my area are changing. No idea yet whether it will be a good thing or a bad one, locally, but if our climate is changing, it can't help but be connected to the larger picture...

Valya said...

I worry about this, the weather. We've had so many fierce thunderstorms this summer, and crazy lightning, unlike anything I remember. It feels...volatile.

Neon said...

the weather is a favourite subject for us Brits- we spend a whole load of time talking about it every day- more often than not its to say- mmmm bit grey and drizzly today (do you guys have drizzle? :D that little misty rain thats not really rain but if you are out in it long enough you get soaked?!)
We have had had more floods, more weird weather events. Coastal erosion is a major worry for us being an island! More and more of our country is falling into the rising seas!

Agree with your post tag really Lisa- we feel like we may be a bit fucked!

At least I live the Midlands- right the middle of the UK- last place to fall into the sea hopefully ;)

spacedlaw said...

Winds will rule the earth once again.