Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday 5--Floods and Droughts

1. Have you experienced living through an extreme weather event- what was it and how did you cope?
In August 1983 the Scientist and I hunkered down in our little apartment as Hurricane Alicia passed over Galveston and Houston. I will always remember listening to a radio report from Galveston until--suddenly--all transmission from the island was gone. The wind grew louder and louder until our living room windows began to bow in and out as we retreated to our bedroom closet. The pitch darkness outside was occasionally illuminated as transformers blew, their explosions briefly exposing an apple-green sky. We ventured out of the closet as the wind subsided--only to retreat again as the windows on the back side of the apartment started bowing in and out. The winds finally stopped around daybreak, and we looked around outside at fallen trees and fences. A neighbor's Smoky Joe barbecue grill, which we had feared would become a missile, sat unmoved amid the debris. We were only without power for a few hours, but it was several days before potable water was restored.
2. How important is it that we wake up to issues such as global warming?
Very important. It seems that as our technology increases, so do the ways in which we can damage or destroy the earth.
3. The Christian message needs to include stewardship of the earth's resources agree/ disagree?
Completely agree. God has made us responsible for taking care of the earth, and that includes responsibility for separating what is known about global warming from what is unproven, and doing whatever we can to help reverse it.
And because it is summer- on a brighter note....
4. What is your favourite season and why?
I love both spring and fall--times of change. Summer is about five months long here, so I especially look forward to the morning when I walk outside and feel a little coolness in the air for the first time in months.
5. Describe your perfect vacation weather....
Sunny skies, slight breeze, 75 degrees.


Quotidian Grace said...

Hurricane Alicia was my answer to no. 1 as well. Too bad we didn't know each other back then! We probably lived pretty close together since the house we lived in was near the Rice area.

Anonymous said...

Hurricanes are scary...glad I live in the Midwest. We did have a tornado touch down pretty close a few years ago, but still nothing like your experience.

Presbyterian Gal said...

The windows bowing in and out remind me of old horror movies (the good ones from long ago in black and white) where doors and such did that. Must have been very scary.

I agree 75 degrees is an ideal temperature.