You can feel the season changing. Fall is coming. Rain, and the rainy sound of cicadas. Temps in the 60’s feel more like 50’s. In the past few days, people have gone from shorts and T-shirts to hoodies and jeans. My furnace came on overnight!
The virus is still with us. It changed all the things we would do in the summer, and will be affecting how we live this fall as well. That is our reality, now.
The weather has been challenging, too. After the storms on August 10, there are still fallen trees and damage here. Since then, Hurricane Laura has ravaged Louisiana, some parts still suffering from Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago. And the hurricane season is far from over.
Meanwhile, wildfires are burning in California and the Pacific Northwest. There are fire-tornadoes and fire-clouds! The red sky over San Francisco has been called apocalyptic. You’ve seen the photos. This is what climate change looks like.
Here’s the National Weather Service outlook for today–
Watches and Warnings are up for Sally in the central Gulf Coast. Smokey conditions remain in the Northwest and CA. Critical fire weather threats may cause rapid fire growth around the CA/OR/NV junction. Locally heavy rain may produce flash flooding in the mid-south. pic.twitter.com/IPHD64dNGV
— National Weather Service (@NWS) September 13, 2020
And here, in Chicago it’s sun and Sunday. The milkweed pods are ripening, and there are many monarch butterflies. The waning crescent moon in the morning light was so beautiful! Yes, there is so much beauty in this world.
Even in these uncertain and pandemic times, there is beauty, and hope and courage. Every day.