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24 August, 2011

Earth Changes: What Is Going On?

Unless you live under a rock, you are no doubt already aware of the earthquake on the East Coast yesterday.  Without being too long-winded, let it suffice to say that it was a rare occurrence that both thrilled and frightened many.

Unusual as it may be, yesterday's quake is not the only odd occurrence that I have noticed over the past few years.  I am not necessarily a proponent of anthropomorphic Global Warming, but anyone with eyes to see would be hard pressed not to agree that the Earth and her climate are definitely going through changes.  Where I live in the Appalachians, the climate is noticeably different than what it was when I was growing up 20 years ago.  As a kid in school, we always had Recess outside right up until the point when school let out for the summer, and I'm talking about without jackets or anything -- temperatures were consistently in the 70s and sometimes even the low 80s as early as mid- to late May.  Now, we wear our jackets throughout May and sometimes even into June.  The only really consistently warm temperatures are in July and August.  Don't get me wrong, there are warm days starting as early as April and extending into October/November, but they are few and far between.  The growing season for our gardens seems shorter because of later frosts.  Winters seem colder.  We seem to get less snow than when I was a child, but more ice and bitter cold temperatures.

On top of that, my area, which had not seen one actually touch down since the 1970s, seems to now be joining other parts of the country in having to deal with tornadoes.  We had a couple last year that, luckily, only caused a small amount of damage, but we were under more official Watches and Warnings than I can count.  I am 34 years old and, let me tell you, that has never happened before in my lifetime... until recently, that is.  My poor Mother was scared out of her wits; she couldn't recall ever having to hide and cower in an internal hallway during storms anymore than I can.  It is, quite simply, new to us -- something has changed.

And now, apparently, we're going to need to prepare for earthquakes as well.

One would have to be blind not to see that something is going on with the earth, climate, et cetera.

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