Why Are Geese Circling my House Like Vultures?
The 130 year old house that we rent in Boehnerville Ohio is a little more than 2 football fields from the Ohio River. Over the past two weeks this region has been hit fairly hard with substantial amounts of rain. So much so that I’m starting to feel like Mel Gibson in his 1984 movie The River. The river is just starting to hit the top of its bank in our neighborhood and the marina at the end of our block is nearly under water. I don’t want to say that things are getting to the panic stage yet, but this morning I noticed that the groundhog that lives in our back yard was wearing swimming trunks and carrying an inner tube. Our cats are currently polishing their boogie boards.
If this rain keeps up, I wouldn’t be surprised to wake up tomorrow to see a coal barge in my front yard. The forecast for the next few days calls for clear skies, but the rain is supposed to pick up again in the middle of the week. Some sections of the Little Miami and Ohio rivers have already overflowed their banks, and I’ve witnessed flocks of geese happily playing in a huge lake that was once a soccer field, which lies only 50 feet from the main road that goes through our neighborhood on the way to the highway.
While Boehnerville is a river town and has a history of flooding, you can bet your ass that the Ohio overflowing its banks is going to become a regular occurrence. Global Warming is a serious problem whether some want to accept it or not. With global warming comes copious amounts of precipitation. We’ve already seen the havoc global warming has caused this year from the tragic floods in Australia and South America, the blizzard like conditions throughout most of the Midwest and Northeast, and now flood like conditions from the Mississippi river to the Appalachian Mountains. Believe in global warming or don’t; that’s your choice. I for one am going to start considering outfitting my house with pontoons. I may even start searching for beach front property in Nevada soon.
Global Warming is coming to a theater near you folks. You can thank habitual corporate polluters such as the Koch brothers for that. Or maybe we should thank their enablers the Rethuglicans; they’re generating enough hot air denying that we’re facing an epic environmental crisis. For them, the only swelling river that matters is deNile.
- Researchers Link Extreme Rains To Global Warming (npr.org)
- Barge carrying chemicals floods on Ohio River: Coast Guard (reuters.com)
- Rain and snowmelt trigger Midwest flooding (reuters.com)
- Here comes the rain again! Storms forecast (msnbc.msn.com)
- Global Warming (socyberty.com)