Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – Mark Twain
So it rained today.
To anyone who lives in the Great Lakes basin of North America, that’s not news. By the time everything is said and done this spring will likely go down in history as one of the wettest on record. As of May 15 Toronto had received nearly 80 mm of rain for the month, up from just less than 40 mm for the entire month of May last year and remains on track to more than double the monthly average of 76 mm.
Everyone is sick of it and we’re getting cranky! I get it, believe me but to those people who have nothing better to do than to complain about the weather all I can say is “Suck it up.”
Yes – it’s wet out, you can’t get out and plant your garden, or play with your kids in the park – big deal. Sooner or later it’s going to stop raining. The Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a hot dry summer and there will be plenty of time to get out and enjoy it. But city folks have no idea how serious a problem an excessively wet spring really is.
According to the Grain Farmer’s Association of Ontario less than 1% of the arable land in the province has been planted so far, most farmers are more than 3 weeks behind schedule. The growing season in the region is much shorter than our neighbors in the USA and if the rain doesn’t stop soon many farmers will be faced with losing the season altogether. That could spell disaster on so many levels I am hesitant to even think about it.
Apart from the obvious, soaring food prices and bankrupt farmers, grain is used is so many things and the economy is so completely integrated that a lost growing season would cripple the GDP so as to plummet the entire country to third world status almost overnight!
Okay – maybe not third world status but a debt crisis similar to Greece or Iceland wouldn’t be much of a stretch.
I’m no climatologist, and I’m certainly not about to go all Al Gore on anybody but it’s pretty obvious to me that we’ve messed with our planet way too much. It might not look like global warming right now but when the currents in the oceans change weather patterns shift and some places might get colder and wetter at first, that’s part of what’s happening here. Increased volcanic activity in Iceland might have something to do with it too.
There’s no point in going into all the possible causes right now. I don’t have any answers either and I don’t mean to be all pessimistic but I’m tired of listening to everyone complain about the weather when all they want to do is play Frisbee in the park with their dog. Make no mistake, this is climate change, and it’s a much bigger problem than whether or not Fido get’s his regular exercise.
The effects of long term abuse of the environment are coming home to roost. This much is certain, it’s going to a get worse before it gets any better. So quit complaining, we haven’t seen anything yet!