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Climate Change, Technology and the Loss of Civility

December Mowing in Michigan

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It was December 1st 2012 and I was listening to no less than three lawn mowers running in my neighborhood in the suburbs north of Detroit. I refused to participate. I’ll admit it was tempting to neaten things up a bit but somehow the idea of running a lawn mower in the same month as Christmas at this latitude strikes me as wrong. What is going on? 


Climate Change and Great Lakes Water Levels

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Channel Buoy Aground at Caseville Harbor

Back in 2012  it was feared that  up to 30 small harbors in Michigan would not open the following year due to low water level on the Great Lakes. The Caseville harbor was about 18 inches away from being worthless. When we were up for Thanksgiving I noticed a large crane at the Huron Yacht Club (HYC) staged for dredging. The water was below the break wall at the HYC and some portions of the wall at Hoys Marina are in danger of being undermined because the water is no longer holding up the wall. I seriously wondered if we could be able to get Trillium (A 27’ Catalina Sailboat with a 4’ keel) out in the spring. 


Climate Change Forces Action Many Will Not Like 

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Caseville Harbor during low water in 2012 

In 2012 the Detroit Army Corps of Engineers released a report that confirmed my worst fears.  Back then, we are matched the low water point in Lakes Huron-Michigan that was last set in 1964, 48 years ago. What are worse were the the projections.  If they held true, we were guaranteed to fall below the low water mark record through April 2013. (We didn’t) However if there is a period of too little rain and snow then the situation could easily get to the point where no boat drafting more than 3 feet will be able to use a slip in Caseville. I’m sure that the same situation is at Port Austin and Harbor Beach.  


 Climate Change and Relationships

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Are Snow Days Gone?

Its was the 1st of December 2012 and a balmy 52F. When I was 10 years old in 1974 we had almost 2 feet of snowfall in Detroit on this date. That was the second-highest snowfall ever recorded. The dads in the neighborhood all piled into a Pontiac Bonneville to make a beer run and the moms made chili and toddy’s and gathered at the house at the end of the street to sled on their huge hilly driveway and otherwise goof off. Nowadays the weather would never deliver such a break and I would still be expected to login remotely and do a day’s work via Internet and  cell phone. Have we lost some of the civility with climate change and technology? 


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5 thoughts on “Climate Change, Technology and the Loss of Civility”

  1. You should see all the huge boulders exposed in the bay just a few miles NE of Caseville. Never saw this in 1964, the still “recorded” lowest water level year. This is crazy. Barren expanses of sand & stone in the bay like I’ve never seen.

  2. Lot’s of people still won’t believe in Global climate change. The melting of the Arctic and Antarctic, and Greenland doesn’t convince them. The pictures from space showing the rapid yearly changes doesn’t convince them. The predictions from the computer models that tell about droughts, and floods and a drier than normal, Mid-west, which all seem to be coming true doesn’t convince them. Don’t know what it takes. Too bad Bush didn’t tell about it instead of Gore, maybe then they would believe it. If all the politicians believed it, they might do something to slow it down.

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