This passing week, Toronto’s gotten a taste of the severity of weather Americans have sadly had to deal with: tornadoes in particular. I’ve been too close to tornadoes, in Marietta, Georgia, in Ohio, Michigan, western Pennsylvania….the sky goes green, and then you just hope. That’s all you can do besides what weathercasters say—get inside and stay away from windows. Is it global warming/”weirding”? Well, all right, I think both, long-term indicators pointing toward an overall rise in temperatures over the next fifty years although right now I think, my God, ten days ago I was freezing my ass off in southern Michigan at nine-thirty in the evening, and back in Toronto the storms that produced a series of twisters reminded all of us how we are susceptible to these undeniable changes.
Here are a couple of photos from the end of the storm:
We were lucky on this one. No question. Had the storm system gotten organized further south, who knows? I’m just grateful more lives weren’t lost. It’s now clear the province and the federal government must spend more money on civil-defense warning systems, updated satellites to update the people more quickly. Yes, it’s expensive, but there’s no getting around the necessity. You’ve all heard about what happens in the midwestern U.S.; take it seriously. The green sky you saw on storm day’s something you don’t ever want to see again.