Many years growing up I traveled to San Antonio, Texas for Christmas to visit my grandparents for the Christmas holiday. Even coming from Colorado, I remember the weather as having some warm days but also it could get quite cold, definitely requiring a warm winter wool coat. This year my boyfriend flew from Northern California and I from Costa Rica to visit my mom in San Antonio. In discussing our plans, I was concerned about being quite cold because I didn't have any cold weather clothes with me in Costa Rica to bring for the trip. I warned my boyfriend to be prepared for the cold as well. He brought 4 jackets with him.
It was a big surprise to have two full weeks of weather in the 75-80 degree range, not unlike what I left in the beginning of the Costa Rica dry season. In fact the weather in Texas was even drier because of a drought they are experiencing. My hair was full of static and every time I pet the cats I shocked them. Over the past week the news on CNN has shown the devastating wildfires that have hit the Southern states of Texas and Oklahoma. The southwest is prown to fires in the late summer and fall months but I can't ever remember them extending into the winter months like this.
The record breaking hurricane season awakened many in the US this year to the reality of global warming. This is yet another nudge that we need to begin to take responsibility for the impacts of human activities on the environment. My personal memory from above covers a time frame of about 25 years. What is the outlook for the next 25 years? Bill McKibben of the NY Times reviews two of the latest books on Global Warming. It is time for more Americans to read up on the issue and begin taking action.