I'm not a scientist. I don't even play one on TV. I did, however, have a chemistry set when I was a kid. That should count for something, right?
Okay, maybe not. So all I have to go by is my observations. We're on schedule to have the driest June ever recorded in Houston. The record was set in 2005, but we're going to break it by several days. In fact, the weather-guessers are saying that we might not have any rain at all in the month of June this year.
When we moved to Alvin in 1983, I was amazed that I didn't have to water the lawn. In Brownwood, I watered two or three times a week, but in Alvin it seemed to rain all the time. Eventually my old sprinklers disappeared or were tossed out. I didn't need them. Five or six years ago, I noticed that it wasn't raining much. I went out and bought some sprinklers. Now, even the sprinklers aren't going to help much. When it's over 95 degrees for day after day (and over 98 for a lot of those), it's too late for sprinkling.
And then there are the hurricanes. We moved here the week that Alicia arrived on shore. After that, it was over 20 years before we had to worry about another hurricane. For the last few years, we've worried about them a lot, and another one's come on shore here. We've been lucky compared to people on other parts of the Gulf Coast.
And what about all the weird weather in the rest of the country? Tornadoes, torrential rains, hailstorms, you name it. Maybe there's no such thing as climate change. Maybe whatever this is, it's just a short-lived phenomenon. I sure hope so, but just in case, we're having a huge natural gas generator installed at our house. We're not going to be without electricity for 11 days again if another storm like Ike comes roaring through.