Last year at this time, much of the East Coast — including my hometown of Winsted, Connecticut — was recovering from one of the biggest blizzards to occur in modern times, which caused many complications in the long run, and was no less troublesome than Hurricane Irene this past summer and the Nor’easter this past fall. As Mark Twain once stated, everybody talks about the weather — but nobody does anything about it. In some respects, Twain was right — at this point in time, it’s impossible to alter the weather, despite the technological advances that have emerged over the past 100-plus years. And technology, to a certain degree, hasn’t helped the weather that much — in some cases, it’s already hurt the weather a lot (as in the case of global warning), which doesn’t exactly bode well for the Earth’s future unless we take the proper steps to correct the problem (despite the efforts of certain naysayers who’ve already complicated matters).
Luckily, the weather that we’re experienced in our neck of the woods since October’s nor’easter has been — for the most part — uneventable. And quiet. Of course, nothing lasts forever — including weather patterns that’ve made our area anything but a winter wonderland (or nightmare, take your pick) over the past few months. As 2011 ends and 2012 is about to begin, we can only predict what might happen in the future — and that includes the weather. Personally, I hope I won’t have to do much shoveling during the first few months of 2012 (and I’m betting that I’m not the only one who feels that way). But then, that kind of hope ends up proving to be no match for Mother Nature’s fury, which can sometimes baffle and bedevil the world’s meterologists, despite the technology they have at their disposal.
Whether or not we’ll actually control the weather someday is something nobody can answer — including yours truly. Of course, that would mean our top scientists playing God to a certain degree — and we all know that to do so would bring about many consequences, most of them disasterous. The best that we can do is to go on with our lives and hope for the best — while continuing to face whatever calamities we come across, including the worst that the weather can conjure up. It may be a small world — but at least nobody can say that it’s not interesting.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to three dozen articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet – to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://jlavernoich2008.web.officelive.com/default.aspx), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces(http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook(http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace(http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), and Twitter(http://twitter.com/JLav65). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube(http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn) as well as his Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad).
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