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Only Child on Wildfires and Rain

BC Wildfires map July 18 2017

Scenario 1: The house is on fire and my mom is getting me out of bed. Then she, Dad and I are gathering whatever we can to get the hell out of hell.

Scenario 2: There is water everywhere coming through the small bungalow. Mom is getting me out of bed to leave.

These are two recurring dreams I had as a five-year old. Fortunately, not precognitive as they never happened for real when I was growing up.

But the first scenario is  happening today on the west coast of Canada and the US. I watch the scenes from the Weather Network online and on TV and I hear the pain in evacuees. And it is how most of these fires start that is shocking. No, not God, but humans. Stupid, careless humans tossing their still lit cigarettes into the forests or not making sure their campfires are out. A study says that 84% of forest fires are caused by humans and I would up that to 95%. As one evacuee being interviewed on TV said “they should go to jail.”

I have a better punishment for these careless perpetrators and it is not printable. Just think of how you prepare chickens and turkeys to eat.

Of course, finding the perps is not easy.

The authors of the above study throw in climate change as part of the human cause. Some… maybe…but I’m getting a little upset that humans get the full blame for climate change. Sure, responsible for some, but we either forget or don’t know that 20% of climate changes are caused by volcanoes. Try blaming that one on humans. But carelessness seems to be a big factor when people go camping.

There are lots of problems once these fires start – they spread – lots – often aided and abetted by heavy winds. Dry lightning doesn’t help either. I can’t help seeing the paradox of floods and fires – the rain pours in central and eastern Canada and the US and it is so dry in the west.

What’s wrong with this picture. The rain needs to move – west.

Maybe that’s where God comes in. And you can take that in whatever way you wish.

Here are a few links to stories about wildfires.

Fires pushing closer to Vancouver, BC.

Half of fires in BC caused by humans

Humans too  complacent?

The one in Williams Lake and some heartbreaking conversations with evacuees. My heart goes out to them. Just thinking of losing your home to fire or flood is no longer just unthinkable. Unfortunately, it is the norm today.

Besides punishing the perps (if they can be found), those of us who live in another area need to at least donate some money to the Red Cross. That’s what I want to do, despite living in low incomeville.

Some people may decide to pray, but I’m not sure how that one will pan out. If the rain could move to the west instead of places like southwestern and eastern Ontario – still getting drenched with thunderstorms – that would be a big help. Maybe we should all shake our fists at the sky and shout “move the rain west.”

Sharon

Only Child Writes

Williams Lake fire,photo courtesy of Stephane Livolski – from The Weather Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ice Storms Tornadoes Rain bring havoc to US and Canada

Tree destruction from ice storm

Tree destruction from ice storm

Wicked weather over the January 13 weekend and continuing this week if nothing else proves that we can no longer feel safe in our world – as if most of us didn’t already know that .It is heartbreaking and the icy conditions and tornadoes in the USA and now the ice storms, rainfalls and winds in Ontario from the same storm hit it home harder. So do the  torrential rains coming up to lower British Columbia. These and more (watch The Weather Network, especially the Force of Nature videos clips and that last word in the title is a misnomer and also Accuweather) should serve as a warning that we have to do something about this. Before we can even get -to climate change, first there are the current situations’ damage  that have to be taken care of.

Those last three words are important here. We need to go beyond hope and beyond prayer and get in there and help each other. If the power is out in your neighbourhood, make sure your neighbours are okay and help them  – if you have a generator and gas fireplace and/or gas stove, open your home to those that don’t. I keep thinking of the big southern Ontario ice storm of December 2013 and how my neighbours helped me and how my son, especially helped my then boarder and me by booking (and paying for) a hotel room for a few days in downtown Toronto where the power stayed on. My son, Martin, also took us out to dinner near the hotel, picked us up and drove us home for Christmas (we had the power back on then) and even brought Christmas dinner and helped cook it. Fortunately, I hadn’t opened the big freezer during the power outage, the freezer was full and except for the odd item in the fridge-top freezer and fridge that didn’t make it into my makeshift freezer – an old-fashioned milk shut-turned mailbox on an outside wall, food was okay.

Put salt on your driveway, sidewalks and verandah to melt the ice. As long as the temperature doesn’t go much below freezing it will soften the ice somewhat. Then get out there and move the ice with a sharp shovel. A garden digging shovel works fine. I know some of you with be tut-tutting the choice of salt, but in a situation like this people’s safety is the main thing. If you really want to get all environmentally proactive clearing the ice, use sand, but good luck finding any in winter.

I also have another problem to watch and with me it can happen without the torrential rainfalls in BC. I’m talking about basement flooding. Many properties in the area I live in have this problem due to the area being low level, with old sewers. The City of Toronto is working to remedy this situation but it will take years. See basement flooding program for more info on this.

My problem can happen no matter what the sewer infrastructure is because a contractor named  Nigel Applewaite who I hired to dig the side of the house with the wall cracks and to seal it, didn’t dig down far enough. He won ‘t do anything about it and has blamed it on the sewer drains. I had city workers check that out – twice. Drain was clear.

There was one other thing that developed that has something to do with it – the-eavestrough middle on the east side of the house got mis-shaped into a bow, no doubt from something in “nature” – i.e. extreme weather and/or raccoons.  My handyman noticed it when he put up heating cables there and on the roof. I hired a professional eavestrough company (I checked with three of them) last year to fix it. The eavesgtrough needed re-aligning. So far it seems to be helping, but I keep an eye on my basement floors and heavy towels on the floors under two windows are a permanent part of the decor. Today, with heavy rains and winds from the east I am doing regular checks of my basement and there better not be any water get in.

One thing all this weather damage does to you. If you’ve lived through it, you become wary and worried, sometimes to the point of paranoia.

Another reason to help your family, friends and neighbours when extreme weather hits. They say misery loves company. But so does picking up after all the misery. It is being pro-active together, much better than burying your face in whatever. Much better than doing something to relax. You need to take action and sometimes the adrenalin from the worry and the bad surprise can act as a catalyst for strength to try to fix the situation.

Just think if a group of neighbours, friends, etc. all work together towards this.

Fix the current disaster, then move on to climate change action. Do it in steps from the beginning.

And yes, I haven’t forgotten that governments and corporations have to do their part too. Some are.

But that’s a topic for another blog post.

As for Nigel Applewaite, he has had flooding in the basement and garage of his home. Sometimes what goes around does actually come around if we just let it.

Be safe.

Cheers.

Sharon

Only Child Writes

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Windy snowy rainy icy winter 2017

Time consuming winter job

Time consuming winter job

The last few years winter weather has been a roller-coaster ride of snow, ice, rain, wind, with temperatures fluctuating from -40 Celsius to as high as + 55 Celsius. And that’s all over. Check The Weather Network for different areas. The videos and Force of Nature TV clips give a good indication.

Those who blame our wacky weather (year round, not just in winter) on climate change are partly right. Where that goes haywire is beating ourselves (individuals and business or government entities) for causing all the climate change. Not entirely true.

I was thinking of the ice age which was billions of years before humans even existed (on earth and elsewhere, the latter as far as we know). So I did a little digging online. Yes, that part is accurate. However, I was surprised by what else causes climate changes, including now. And yes, again it is those nasty greenhouse gases  (such as CO2) which cause the climate changes. But did you know that volcanoes cause greenhouse gas? I’m not making that up.

So, when you are out there shovelling that white crap. Or sloshing through slush from rain and snow, think of the wider picture where it all comes from.

The universe unfolding?

God?

Mother Nature?

Bad luck?

Those who follow this blog probably know what I think. The point here is not to point the finger at any one thing or being. Instead we need to do something to halt what we can about climate change. And that is a topic for another post.

Meantime, here are a few links to start you reading.

Ice Age

Facts on Climate Change

Do volcanoes emit more CO2 than humans?

How Volcanoes Influence Climate

Cheers.

Sharon

Only Child Writes

 

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