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June 26, 2012

RONN MOTT’S MINUTE: Surviving the weather

The Summer Solstice has just passed and already we’re hearing complaints about the weather. It certainly is justified. We’re in a state of drought with the worst dry months lying ahead of us. The yards of green have turned to brown, we have to water our flowers and gardens, and the crops are turning to dry brittle in the fields. We may be heading for an extremely hot, dry summer.

I was born during the hottest summer on record in the State of Indiana. Most of the people I know survived it. But we didn’t have all the news channels to tell us how bad it was. Two winters ago was one of the harshest I remember, and this past winter was one of the warmest on record. What’s going on?  

In the Earth’s lifetime it has been a frozen snowball, totally covered in snow and ice. Then it warmed up and gave us a hot, primordial swamp when the dinosaurs ruled. After that, we had ice ages that covered most of the northern hemisphere. Neanderthal man and his kin lived 400,000 years in some of the worst weather the planet has ever seen. And in spite of that bad weather, they managed to live.  

The warming our planet is going through sees temperatures on the rise everywhere. I will tell you this … and I’m stealing this line from the late, great Al Jolson, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”

Early man survived many changes in the weather he had to endure. We are going to have to do the very same thing. We may have to change our dwellings, our transportation, and maybe how and what we eat, but change is on its way.  We will have to adapt or just plain not make it.

Frankly, I’m betting on us.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.

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