CLIMATE CHANGE IN SOUTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

We don’t need scientists to explain climate change to us. We can see it all around us. The rivers are dry with their muddy bottoms showing. Fall came weeks early and blew away a week later. The winds which normally blow straight up the Atlantic shore are twisting eastward, so all the rain goes from the mid-Atlantic area straight out to sea, completely missing the northeast.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

As a watershed area, the water that we store here is part of the water that keeps the entire state flowing wetly along. And some of the water normally flows down into Connecticut and parts of southern New Hampshire.

Muddy banks, short dock at Riverbend

I leave a bowl of water on the deck. Squirrels, chipmunks, birds  … they all come to drink. Usually there are little rivulets and patches of wet through the woods. But not this year. It’s bone dry which is scary for any number of reasons, including the danger of fire. So far, it has just been little brush fires, quickly squelched. But New England is 70% wooded. There’s a lot of forest and it’s dry. And contrary to presidential warnings, no one has been out there raking the woodlands to keep them neat. What a really stupid idea that is. There’s so much stupidity going around. It’s hard to keep track of all the dumbness. I wish some of the incredibly stupid ones would drop by. Check out our dry rivers. Maybe pick up a rake and start raking my woods. Maybe cut down a few ailing trees while he’s at it.

We aren’t waiting for climate change to come. It’s here. We’re living in it.



Categories: Autumn, Birds, Blackstone River, climate, climate change, Dams and Waterfalls, Ecology, Epidemic - Pandemic - Plague, Photography, Wildlife

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7 replies

  1. I missed that about raking the woods. What did he say? That man is such an idiot. Still I wouldn’t want him anywhere near you and Garry as he apparently can’t count to 14 either..

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  2. Start a rumor that raking the woods is a sure cure for COVID-19. Bet Sir Trump will make a special trip to start raking – he might even tout that newest cure at his next press conference (bleach is so over).

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  3. That is so sobering. I hope y’all stay safe and that no horrid fires visit you before winter (if that shows up…)..

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