Bad, But Not That Bad

Judging by the recent precipitation, we seem to be in the midst of the rainy season right now, although as rainy seasons go it's certainly a sporadic one. We only had a couple of days of really heavy downpour last week, and on the days that could be considered rainy this week, it's nothing typical of Tottori in June or, say, London any time of the year. The rain was light, the weather is muggy, and the people are sluggish. 

That said, it can be very difficult to know what's just slightly atypical and what borders on apocalyptic. Most of us don't have access to meteorological records or the specialistical fortitude to examine and interpret them. We laymen rely mostly on the media for our information. For a pessimist like myself, this tends to add a lot more psychological disturbance than is really necessary. 

The newspaper that comes to our mailbox every morning declared with alarm that Europe was in trouble. Temperatures went up to 40 or higher.  A cloud of African heat floated across the ocean, and southern Europe was roasting, with Rome the most severely affected. Pessimist that I am, I took it at once as yet another sign of the fabled End Times. 'Will humanity survive for another decade?' I asked my wife. She wasn't sure.

But I decided to call a friend in Rome to see how he was faring.

He replied that he was fine. African heat waves are nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, the temperature wasn't even 40 yet. It was only 39. 

We can calm right down. The weather is a mess, people all over the world mourn the loss of four distinct seasons, and heretofore unheard of climactic anomalies pop up in the news at every stage, but our species may yet live out the century.