#1 Armies Of Locusts – As I detailed the other day, swarms of locusts the size of major cities have been devouring entire farms in Africa in as little as 30 seconds. These swarms have also been spreading throughout the Middle East, and now we have learned that they have even reached China…
Oddly enough, I’ve actually seen a swarm of locusts.
It was back in the early 1950s, when I was about 5 years old, and we were living in the city of Asmara in Eritrea. One day the air was filled with a cloud of two or three-inch long locusts, all flying in the same direction, about five feet apart. They made a sort of rattling sound.
I stood in the garden as they flew past me, taking swipes at one or two of them as they passed by, but missing every time. I couldn’t see how far the swarm extended into the sky. But it took an hour or so to pass overhead. So I wouldn’t have been surprised if the swarm had covered most of the city. After it had passed there were quite a few dead or damaged locusts lying on the ground, that had presumably collided with houses or trees.
That particular swarm didn’t stop and eat anything. It was just passing through, probably because cities like Asmara didn’t have that many trees or plants for them to eat.
It’s a vivid childhood memory, along with lots of other vivid childhood memories.
I was told back then that such swarms weren’t uncommon. So it wasn’t “crazy” or “weird”. It’s only weird the first time you see it.
But these days more or less anything that happens gets called “crazy” or “weird” or “unprecedented.
#2 Extremely Bizarre Weather Patterns – It is almost as if virtually all of the old rules have suddenly been thrown out the window. An all-time record 209 mph wind gust just hit Calfiornia, and absolutely crazy storms are happening all over the planet. For example, just check out what just took place in Australia…
#3 Unprecedented Flooding – We are seeing unusual flooding all over the world right now, and the flooding that is devastating the southern U.S. at this moment is being called “unprecedented”…
#4 Major Earthquakes – Really big earthquakes are happening with such frequency now that it is very difficult for me to write about them all. For example, a magnitude 7.7 quake recently struck off of the coast of Jamaica, but I have been so busy writing about other disasters that I have not even mentioned it until now…
#5 Unusual Volcanic Eruptions – Seismic activity has been rising all over the globe, and over the past couple of months we have seen volcanoes all over the world pop off like firecrackers. One of the most notable eruptions that we have seen in recent days was the most powerful eruption of Mount Merapi in 90 years
Are any of these things really all that unusual?
It connects with my post yesterday, in which I asked if any of my readers has actually seen much climate change happening in their lifetime. Less than 5% said they had.
I think that the first time that anyone sees anything, it’s going to seem strange and unusual, and also memorable. The second time they see it, it will seem perfectly normal.
The first time I saw a swarm of locusts, it was something strange and unusual, and it’s a vivid memory of mine. If another one had come by a week later, I wouldn’t have been interested.
The first time I watched a steam engine pull into a station, yards away from me, its pistons and crankshafts turning the big steel wheels, blowing steam everywhere, it also left a vivid memory. I’m full of memories of things like this. Dead sharks on the beach. A crocodile in the bath. Stick insects. Lizards with two tails. Thunderstorms that blew down trees. Hot air balloons. Snow.
There’s nothing crazy happening. It just seems crazy to someone who has never seen it before.