Bill and I were visiting our daughter and her family in southern New Hampshire when Hurricane Sandy arrived last week.
A veteran of power outages, our daughter Kathy had a small generator on hand to keep the refrigerator/freezer running and flashlights at the ready.
My sixth-grade grandson was pummeling me in Scrabble when electric power succumbed to the hurricane at 2:59pm that Monday.
“Time to call it quits,” I said with some relief. “It’s too hard to see the Scrabble Board.”
As the storm slashed against windows and whipped through treetops, I thought of the cornucopia of weather related disasters dished out by Mother Nature over recent decades.
Heats waves, fires, droughts, hurricanes and floods have become the rule, not the exception in the U.S.
Droughts, famines and torrential rains continue to cause untold human suffering globally.
So what are we to make of extreme weather conditions?
My friends are divided over whether human activity is linked to extremes of weather.
Some close friends see rising ocean and surface temperatures as cyclical variations. Others see the rise in temperatures as related to human activity. Conversations in this arena becomes awkward.
I see climate change as one of the critical challenges of our time.
What do you think? Where do you get your information?