Monday, September 13, 2004

Whew

Hurricane Ivan is no longer a threat to south Florida, and the eye of it may miss the entire state. This morning the evacuation order for the Keys was lifted.

Bryan Norcross can get some sleep now. The local weather guy who earned his 15 minutes of fame back in 1992 with Hurricane Andrew has been running on fumes for the last couple of weeks, and as Dave Barry noted, it’s about time someone hit him with a tranquilizer dart.

And we still have two more months of hurricane season. So what to do to prevent hurricanes? Well, there are some pretty bizarre ideas out there – everything from using nuclear warheads to blast the storms apart to dumping tons of absorbent powder to suck the moisture out of them. Now there’s a hell of a choice – a radioactive weather front, or a storm with Kitty Litter hailstones.

There are just some things that we can’t change, and in a way, that’s comforting. It reminds us of the fact that we are all rather insignificant when it comes to dealing with nature – although we have done a pretty good job of fouling our own nests. Maybe it takes these horrible events over which we have no control to remind us of that… at least until the next one.