Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Sage Advice

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

of Texas.

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

and Greenland,

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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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the new look with the added pictures. This map is worth a thousand words.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the virtual mini-tour. You make it like being there. Change is immutable, best we can do is stay out of its way.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot believe that the temp at the poles will increase 15 degrees?

this is a huge change..

12:14 PM  

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