Anakana Schofield – Author of Martin John and Malarky

Muggy drought

We are in, not a weather episode or event, but perhaps have entered a whole new weather dimension. It’s a bit early to tell, but warmer sea temperatures in the Eastern Pacific are, apparently, from what I have read, creating it. We are living what I am calling Muggy Drought. In June we had 14 drops of rain and the temperature was and is hot. Hot by our standards.

For the first two weeks of the month, it was that reassuring azure blue sky that hints at itself each spring and firms her presence and stakes the overhead canopy for summer. For me, it’s an annual demarcation. There she is. That absolute azure. Welcome home! This is our weather. But this June, weeks later, with no sign of any typical moisture, you cannot help but marvel at this protracted azure, yet she’s not the absolute azure. Because the absolute azure takes the odd nap up there and allows for more intermission and mingle. I recall this from my time at the community garden, where your day would be measured by the need and pressure to water the seeds. A day with rain due would mean, phew, I don’t have to water this once.

I’ve been meaning to track this particular system, which has now become, in my mind, perhaps prematurely, a worrying way of weather life we may have to adjust to. It certainly does look that way this summer. The evenings have been quite lovely with very exciting cloud activity, perhaps to meander around staring up at.

Two days ago a detectable change. Humidity. Worse. Humidity is so uncomfortable. Humidity does not suit us. We are not and do not have air conditioning. Air conditioning is such a drain on electrical resources. We do have forest fires. Already fires are burning in Prince George. There have been 123 fires since April 1 in the Yukon. Last year throughout the entire year there were only 23. There are presently 80 fires burning.

While we have the privilege of pondering the possible implications or hints at what this new hot, humid, moisture-less weather may mean for us if it continues, Pakistan has been suffering the most oppressive and vicious heat wave that has taken the lives of 1200 people.  The descriptions of the temperatures are horrific, 43 degrees celsius.

The BBC report contained the following: “They say low air pressure, high humidity and an unusually absent wind played key roles in making the heat unbearable but they do not know why such conditions prevailed at this time of the year.”

You can read the whole report, which notes 2000-3000 deaths in India also, here

 

 

 

Latest wildfire count in BC is 1400 currently burning.

The latest on the forest fire situation is that things are lookin’ dicey in the area of Meager Creek. This could be an impending something else (landslide in fact), in anycase 1500 people have been evacuated. My point in recording it here is to say we live in the same geographic area of the world as you and we should give a shite and have empathy and awareness of this displacement because one day the old smoke may billow up against this very window.

165 new wildfires overnight (BC Interior) caused by lightning strikes.

Usually at this time of year I am in full steam storm watching mode. My East-Coast amigas can expect emails inquiring of wind speeds and warning to bolt the barn door closed.

This year tho’ I have broadened my disaster horizons and am also watching local wildfires.

Here are the current wildfires of note (http://webmaps.gov.bc.ca/imf5/imf.jsp?site=pub_fireinfo)

There are currently 0 fires in the coastal region caused by lightening and 0 fires in coastal region caused by man. There have been 75 fires this year in the coastal region. There have been 647 fires in the Province so far this year. The total area burnt so far is 22,978 Ha. There were 5 new fires discovered today alone in the Province.

When the Burns Bog caught fire in 2005 it smelt like rural Ireland everywhere in the city.

If you want to see something astonishing: compare the map image of fires started by lightning in 2008 with 2009. 2009 looks like a lava lamp.