Hurricane Matthew

October 3, 2016

BW photograph of a branch swaying in Morgan Run.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

While folks in my part of the world were dismayed by the multiple days of rain and wind over the past week, Hurricane Matthew was spinning into a Category 5 storm-the most powerful designation in the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  While it has since been downgraded to a Cat 4, Matthew is still the largest Atlantic storm since 2007, as reported by various sources.

This weather bulletin from NOAA and The National Hurricane Center reports that Matthew currently has sustained winds of 130 mph and the potential to drop 5-40″ of rain depending on the location-the predictions for those countries in Matthew’s current path are presented in that link.  Time will tell about its impact on the U.S.

As said before, the reaction to weather/storms is a matter of perspective.  I was talking with a gentleman on Saturday, who was in town for a wedding-an outdoor wedding.  It rained hard during parts of Saturday, which must have made for a bit of disappointment.  I attended an outdoor wedding a few years ago during which it rained for nearly the entire ceremony-relatively persistent at times.  There were not many ways to avoid the rain nor the slow sink into the soggy ground.  On Sunday, I talked with another gentleman, who described his efforts to fish during the off-and-on downpours the day before.  He did catch some fish, so the day seemed to be somewhat enjoyable.

A Cat 4 hurricane is another matter entirely.  Such effects become magnified when a storm such as Matthew rips through least developed nations.  The infrastructure often cannot withstand the effects, and there is often little in the way of response/relief beyond that provided by NGOs and other types of aid.

Perspective is something to be learned and for which to develop an appreciation.  When, as a child, I would complain about some real or perceived affront, I remember my grandmother saying “It can always be worse.” While she was right, it takes an adult perspective to fully understand the meaning of that statement.  Sometimes “worse” truly is catastrophic.

Take care.




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