This is a slightly different photo from Wednesday because now I am intentionally showing the dead inkberry holly. It’s one of 2 on our property that has yet to be removed. I have lost track of what we have already removed.
All of the is carnage from last year’s severe drought here in the Northeast. I am willing to bet that unless you lived it, you were unaware of it. That’s surely understandable with the events of the past year–but did you hear about the multi-year drought from 2014-2016?
It seems that unless drought occurs in a farming state, it rarely makes news. And while I certainly don’t want any more negative news in the news cycle, it might be useful for national news outlets to cover drought whenever and wherever it occurs.
The same goes for wildfires. I wonder how many of my United States readers heard about the major US wildfires in New Jersey and Massachusetts in the last 2 weeks? Why is this happening? Well, gee, it’s dry again and windy. Has anyone heard about this?
Homes were evacuated in New Jersey too. The fire was along a major roadway, in a state forest, and caused evacuations. Luckily it is out, the homes were saved and no one was injured.
Again, with a 24 hour news cycle, there surely ought to be time for more coverage of this. It would let people know that events like these are no longer regional–sadly. And once people understand that, they might understand more about what is happening to the planet.
In California, we hear about drought TOO often. I have even heard it said that every years is a drought here. Does no one else see the problem with that? If it happens every year, it is not a drought, it is ‘climate’! DUH! A drought is an unusually dry weather pattern. There is nothing unusual about something that happens annually! Anyway, droughts do sometimes happen, and this has been a severely dry year that could be classified as a drought, but otherwise, this is a chaparral climate. Much of California is in a desert climate. If there is not enough water to go around it is because too many people migrated here.
The way it’s going up here we’re going to have drought every year as well (although nothing like California thank goodness). And it does rain and snow more here–usually. If nothing else, our winter snow pattern usually breaks the drought. Gotta love the frozen north for that.