VINSON: Weather, Like The Times, Are A-Changin’
MIKE VINSON, Guest Columnist
Sunday, June 17, 2012 4:43 am
“Keep a clean nose/Watch the plain clothes/You don’t need a weatherman/To know which way the wind blows,” Bob Dylan wrote in “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”
Growing up in the country, I use to hear some of the older folks talk about how the day would come – near the end of time – when we wouldn’t be able to tell apart the seasons.
Given the unusual weather and temperatures over the past few months, I decided to do little digging in the Bible.
Though I didn’t find anything specific saying we wouldn’t be able to tell apart the seasons, I did find this correlative passage in Genesis 8:22, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
And there were a couple things that caused me to go digging through the Bible in regard to the weather:
“The month that just ended was the warmest on record across Tennessee,” a Chattanooga reporter said, referring to March.
Still, though it might not yet be an official record, I wager the first few weeks in June will be the coolest first in Tennessee’s history.
While we had near 90-degree weather in March, the first few days this month have averaged out to be in the mid-60s. Generally, by mid-June, the weather is torridly hot, reaching the high-80s and mid-90s.
The other morning, while sitting on the outside patio of Gondola Restaurant in McMinnville, I told owner Jimmy Zavogiannis it was akin to sitting on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, around dusk, with a nice breeze blowing.
It was eerily too comfortable.
What is going on?
In 2006, former Vice President Al Gore gained both national and worldwide attention with his award-winning documentary on global warming, titled “An Inconvenient Truth.”
The core objective of “An Inconvenient Truth” was to educate the public about the severity of the climate crisis – and educate it did.
However, there were naysayers who claimed his global warming theory was without merit because it lacked a credible scientific foundation. And much of that criticism remains prevelent today.
According to critics, Gore used his vice presidential resume to spew mere blather and line his pockets.
Quite frankly, I’m not qualified to agree or disagree with his theory.
I will state this, though: While growing up in Middle Tennessee, there seemed to be definitive springs, summers, falls and winters.
However, over the past 10 years or so, the seasons are no longer quite as definitive as before.
In terms of weather and temperature, the seasons seem to jump around a lot. One day summer feels like fall, the other it feels just like spring.
On the other hand, I have to admit the first few weeks of June were pure bliss.
I wish it would stay like this all year.
While he might be onto something with global warming, I’m thoroughly convinced Gore did not invent the Internet.
If Bill Gates had claimed such, I would have said, “OK.”
If Mark Zuckerberg had claimed such, I would have said, “OK.”
But, Gore? No.
As Dylan would say, “The times, they are a-changin’.”
Mike Vinson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.