Plannerbabs said:That's the catch with storms. How can something so potentially devastating be so fascinating, and sometimes beautiful?
I went down in flames big time once in another forum for making the point that the idea of "natural disasters" is extremely humanocentric and that if you CAN control some of the natural processes of nature that we find so damnably inconvenient, you do more damage to the ecosystem than the "disaster" does. I don't feel like writing my usual "book" on the topic but a brief example is the Aswan Dam: one of the many reasons they wanted to build it was to "control flooding of the Nile River". I guess they completely forgot that Egypt is called "the jewel of the Nile" and that all that inconvenient, icky flooding is the basis of a culture several thousand years old in what is otherwise desert. The consequences have been quite disastrous. Just one of them: the lack of flooding (and silt distribution that would go with it) has dramatically increased the use of chemical fertilizer. Sigh.Doitnow!! said:On a Philosophical Note:
Nature's acts are all beautiful.In nature, Destruction has beauty as well as meaning . It's just that Humans have settled down in natures path and find it devastating.
It's we who have made towns in the paths of tornadoes and not tornadoes which cross into our towns.
Thanks. And I hear you (and Plannerbabs): rain, rain, and more rain can be downright depressing. A good thunderstorm can be Fun (if you aren't living in a trailer in Kansas -- ick, ick, ick!).Gedunker said:Nice link, MZ. We were supposed to have some rough weather yesterday/last night but it stayed south of us. Today is just more rain -- now my grass has grown past the point of really, really needing to be mowed :-c