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Thunderstruck

Uh oh. We’re really in for it now, kids.

National Geographic published an article — “Thunderstorms are moving East with climate change” — that should have all of us along the Atlantic seaboard, especially the northern part, heading for the umbrellas, the waders, the squeegees, the sump pumps, the boats, and the panic button.

Here’s why:

By century’s end, thunderstorms over the Plains states will be fewer, while those in the eastern states will become more common as climate change affects weather … intense storms that deliver 50 to 90 percent of the southern Plains states’ annual water are likely to occur a little less frequently, while more thunderstorm days both weak and strong will drench the East and Northeast … the Northeast, could see more than two weeks of thunderstorm-rich days; the eastern seaboard states could get three to nine more days of storms.

Holy shit! According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “Peak five-minute rainfall rates can exceed 120 mm (4.7 inches) per hour, but most rainfalls are about one-tenth this amount.” So, at a bare minimum (0.47 inches) three to nine more days of storms means another 1.4 to 4.2 inches of rainfall in a year.

Good God, man! That’s a deluge, a downpour, a torrent, a total washout! Where the hell is Noah when you need him?!

Spare Me

Oh, yes. I know. The vaunted 97 percent of all would-be scientists by whose convictions the IPCC continues to perpetuate its fraud believe humanity’s industry-lust is responsible for climate change. That conviction and the IPCC remind me of two things.

The first is this pointedly apt quote from the Polish poet, Stanislaw Jerzy Lec: “When no wind blows, even the weathervane has character.”

The second is this exchange between two British secret service agents, Colonel Wharton and Mr. Jessop, in the Agatha Christie novel, Destination Unknown:

Colonel Wharton: Nobody’s so gullible as scientists. All the phony mediums say so. Can’t quite see why.

Mr. Jessop: Oh, yes, it would be so. They think they know, you see. That’s always dangerous.

The only way the climate wouldn’t change is if the planet and the universe it lives in were static. (They’re not.)

I can’t tell who’s more dangerous — all the quacks predicting our doom or all of us for believing them.

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Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brienhttps://obriencg.com/
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.

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