Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Droughts and the Judgments of Matthews 24

I want to make a short message for my readers. I want this letter to briefly detail how much times have  changed since I was a kid. And it has to do with the rain. The judgments Jesus predicted often times deal with rainfall to rain. Fires, pestilence, famine. That all could be connected to drought conditions.

So first, a rhyme, that I would hear as a boy, but no longer do children sing this song:

"Rain, rain, Go away, Just come back another day."

As a boy, I remember the Spring rains. Those rains that would ruin recess, which for some was a respite  from the day's lessons, while for others it was a lesson of another sort, a lesson in humility, in being belittled by the bigger and less conscientious children.

But these rains would come and inundate us all day in some cases. It was always calming to work while the  rain beat against the roof of the school.

But too often today, the rain blows out almost as quick as it blows in. We don't see those truly soaking  showers that I remember as a kid.

Nobody sings that rhyme any more.

I am a rare conservative that admits the truth of global climate change. Texas has seen the majority of its brutal summers between 1998-2012. A vivid memory of childhood was the Summer of '98, that was only finally eclipsed by the Summer of 2011. Texas has seen extensive periods of drought. We have 254 counties in our state, some such as Brewster bigger than whole states. In one period of drought in the last few years, I believe we had over 240 counties under burn bans. Lakes have suffered terribly. Small towns have been wiped out when the lake dried up. Texas is one of the prime victims of climate change. Do I think there is an unequivocal warming trend in all places on earth? I don't think so. But there are certainly regions that are bearing a huge burden due to climactic change.

Be it from global warming or not, this is a sign of the end of the age.

1 comment:

  1. I am older than Randall, and I remember more than he does. In this part of Texas (North Central to North East), I go back to 1954. 54, 55, and the first half of 56 were dry. Whether it was dry or wet, the winters were cold and the summers were hot. From the early 60's to the mid 70's, the fall frosts arrived later; whereas, the last frosts of Spring came earlier.
    One only needs to look at the weather statistics: most record lows occur before 1950; most of the record highs occur after 1950.
    Sunshine plus water plus carbon dioxide are the major items in plant growth. Simple, increase plant growth to reduce CO2.