St. Charles Herald-Guide

Hurricanes not only problem

By Allen Lottinger - August 24, 2012

It is hard to believe the country is suffering a drought when we have experienced rainfalls every day for weeks now. And some of them have been two to four inches at a time.

Meanwhile in some western areas of the nation, forest fires are threatening thousands of homes because of drying conditions and lack of rainfalls to drown the flames. It all goes to show you how fickle the weather can be from Maine to California.

Meanwhile,shipping has stopped on parts of our Mississippi River because the lack of rain has diminished the flow of water to the point of not providing enough support for the vessels.

But this has had one good effect. It has diminished the amount of fertilizer floating from farms in the midwest into the Gulf that provides dead zones by depriving our commercial fisheries of life-giving oxygen they need to grow fish.

And we never know what will happen next week or next month. We’re well into hurricane season and we haven’t had one disturbing bump yet. But who knows that Katrina Two won’t be coming up from the Gulf in September or October to bathe our streets and flood our homes.

If we had our druthers, we would settle for the same ole, same ole weather month after month and year after year where we wouldn’t have to guess what will happen next.. Of course we would have to get enough rain to irrigate the plant life so we can get our exercise by pruning them, picking their products and pulling the weeds. It may be boring but we can get our excitement by going to a flicker without worrying about what’s going on outside.

So far, no hurricanes have come our way this year, only rainfall after rainfall. And the so-called drought that pesters the nation.

If we continue this way, Louisiana could adapt to it with our historic record of being one of the rainiest states in the country. And we are used to keeping our umbrellas handy.

But we would like the weather in the rest of the nation to join in and keep the Mississippi plentiful and flowing. That is what it is supposed to do without the fertilizer in it. We can settle the latter part after we get everything else in place.