In your face climate change
Saturday, June 30, 2012 4:32:57 PM
All of this is being blamed by the weather service on two back-to-back years of La Niña events in the eastern Pacific ocean. I am not buying this explanation as La Niñas usually bring added moisture to Utah. As an example, last year was a very wet year for the state in keeping with the norm for this pattern, but this year, Utah has suffered an extreme drought, with it being the driest ever since the pioneers first made this place their home. Not a drop of rain has fallen this month anywhere in the state including the high mountains. Normally, the summer monsoons begin about now.
I guess we should be glad the air temperature in Southern Utah is only 105 degrees, the norm for this time of year. So, you folks back east should come out to the desert where it is cool.
My pal, the Western Gray Squirrel that lives in my backyard, is unusually uptight: He chattered angrily at me as I tossed him his ration of peanuts this morning, and the birds are clinging to the edges of the bird baths my wife has set up in her garden, with their little tongues dangling out of their beaks.
I have started packing several backpacks with 72-hour emergency supplies in case a fire breaks out nearby and we have to evacuate fast. As the squirrel has been quite for the last few hours, I went out to the tree in the backyard and peered in the hole in the tree trunk where he has made his home. His little backpack is gone, and I think he is headed for Alaska.