We had an unexpected visit on Saturday night and all day Sunday, from a tropical storm, that according to all the weather and hurricane forecasters had only a 10% chance of developing into nasty weather. I suppose no one thought to inform the gods in charge of the event.
|So glad I washed the windows yesterday!|
We had a restless night listening to the winds batter the house, and the rain squeeze in between the window casings, dripping onto the floors . I lay awake, mentally cataloguing all the things I had left outside mistakenly thinking we were only due for some rain; things like sofa cushions, the solar pool cover, and other assorted light objects that would make fine missiles in the wind. It would have been fool-hardy for us to attempt to retrieve our things while the wind raged.
|Our two cats disapproved of the wet floor.|
Scientists already know that in such places as Japan, India, Southeast Asia, and Caribbean−even in the southeastern portion of the U.S.−tropical storms provide up to a third of the annual rainfall for drinking water, as well as refreshing wetlands and tidal areas behind the barrier islands. In the Yucatan peninsula – where we live – most of the domestic water supply comes from the underground rivers running beneath the limestone. This source is refilled by tropical storms and hurricanes. The rainfall associated with hurricanes also benefits the farmers in the hilly and remote areas of Mexico – providing much needed water for their crops, unless the rain becomes excessive, and then the farmers’ fields and homes can be washed away in the onslaught.
It’s a pretty fine balance between good and evil.
Tropical storms are also a crucial factor in maintaining the planet’s heat balance. Meteorologists believe that the tropics will become warmer and warmer if some of this heat is not transported away from the tropics. Fortunately, the earth has some handy methods for carrying heat from the tropics toward the poles; about a third of this heat is distributed by ocean currents, a significant amount is transported by movement of the atmosphere, and a large portion of heat is picked up from the sea by tropical storms.
So, there are a number of benefits to nasty weather – but, I’m not sure it is the easiest way to get a kitchen renovation. At least we only had a bit of water in the kitchen, no harm done – and it was a very novel way to wash our stairs.
|Lawrie clearing street drains!|