If I were to bet on our getting rain here in Rochester tomorrow — or tomorrow and the next day — I would stand a good chance of winning. Why is that?
If I were to bet on our getting rain here in Rochester tomorrow — or tomorrow and the next day — I would stand a good chance of winning. Why is that? In the last 30 years that I have been a permanent resident here, I have never seen a summer like this. Cloudy maybe, but not a downpour-plus every day!
Don’t get me wrong. I love the cooler weather the rain brings. I had been looking for a place I might retire to with year-round temperatures a tad below this summer’s. But, if this goes on, I may want only a winter vacation. I wouldn’t need to leave for the whole winter because, as it looks, it’s warmer now and we’re getting less snow.
All of this weather change makes me wonder. Does it make you wonder? And why aren’t our weathermen talking about it? If they don’t understand it themselves, why don’t they ask one of our distinguished scientists to explain just how it is we’re getting drenched every day lately. Are they that busy?
Well, I’m not a scientist, but I’ve been challenging myself to come up with a theory. In fact, I already have one. It’s a bit worrisome, but I’m convinced it could be right. In any case you could think something up, too. Then, however uninformed you may be, send it to this newspaper. Hopefully, our bona fide scientists may become so impatient with us, they’ll take the time to set us straight — with proof.
So anyway, here’s mine: I’ve heard that the polar ice caps are melting rapidly. I believe this report because I notice that when my freezer’s temperature goes even just one degree above 32 degrees, my ice cubes rapidly turn to water. Why they don’t turn into rain clouds, I don’t know. But in the atmosphere, some or a lot of that water is absorbed into clouds — which travel, willy nilly, wherever they want, carrying that water with them, until they’re just too full. Picture a chunk of polar ice a day, becoming a cloud, and then traveling to Lake Ontario, where it picks up another pinch of water, enough to have it spill over Rochester, N.Y. I really think this might be possible. A chunk a day ...
Then, I wonder, what is going to happen next year, when with no more polar ice to melt, there will be fewer circulating clouds? Where will the poor clouds get their water? Why, from wherever this year’s water flowed to! And, if it’s too far away or not in the right path, does that mean no more — or much less — rain for us? Will we all be buying Poland Spring or making do with flood water from the Alps?
Page 2 of 2 - Laura Klinkon is an Irondequoit resident.