There are many projections and best guesses
as to how climate change will actually effect various regions.
Here is a Canadian map showing anticipated warming and even
a little cooling just south of Greenland.
I thought of it today as I drove through the mountains
both south and north of Monterrey.
This is the first of August, and it rained in fits and starts
for 300 miles.
With the recent hurricane and the tropical storm,
this part of Mexico is now as green as the coastal plains
I'm not sure why I think this, but I have this funny hunch
that this part of Mexico is going to get wetter.
And for the last five years that is exactly what appears
to be happening.
What used to be brown landscape with precious little green
is now turning into a desert jungle.
There are wild flowers on the sides of the road.
The Mexican road crews have actually had to
mow their medians, and to do that,
they had to pick up the old tires.
Amongst this verdant background
are the flowering Purple Sage.
With these rains coming just before their blooming,
they are absolutely brilliant and vibrant this year.
At certain points, the entire desert landscape
was half purple and half green.
As the map indicates,
there is going to be substantial warming at the pole,
and Canada will possibly benefit from Climate Change.
Russia may benefit.
If the currents that warm Europe stop,
because of the melting fresh water from the pole
Europe will get much colder.
Speculating that warmer waters will ultimately
dump more water on the deserts of Mexico,
is probably just wishful thinking.
But, that ocean of purple made me at least
remind myself that we are in uncharted territory here
with humankind's experiment with our atmosphere.
How the system responds might surprise us all,
and the Purple Sage.
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