Friday, July 25, 2008
NH was hit by intense storms yesterday, including what appears to be a tornado that went through my hometown of Northwood and up to Lake Winnipesaukee. One woman was killed, a dozen injured, 50-100 houses damaged or destroyed, and countless trees splintered and fallen.
Back up -- tornado?! Yes, Kansas-like weather in New Hampshire.
While one meteorologist quoted by the AP claims one or two small tornadoes touch down in NH every year, no one in that area has ever seen anything like what happened yesterday.
A vivid reminder that erratic weather patterns are a symptom of global warming and climate change. (Much like the very tropical weather we've been having in NYC this summer with strobe-light lightening and ravishing rain.)
I wonder why our country hasn't declared War on Climate Change. If this destruction was the act of a terrorist, or even if it was caused by smoking, you know there'd be a war declared. And this is nothing compared with the devastation caused by recent hurricanes in the south or the floods in the midwest. Can't we organize to fight this too??
Today NH will be filled with the sounds of chainsaws hacking up the fallen trees for firewood as everyone recovers from what one witness described as "three minutes of hell."
We work with a lot of craftspeople who live in those parts, and Jae and I hope everyone's ok.