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Random Act of Metaphor: Wind Storm

May 5th, 2018 by Michael Dyet

Wind-Storm

Hmmm, was Friday’s wind storm a wakeup call?

If you live in the GTA as I do, you experienced the wind storm late yesterday afternoon and evening. If you live elsewhere, let me explain that this was the kind of wind that uproots trees, rips shingles off roofs, drives horizontal rain and rips down electrical wires.

For those of you with a scientific bent, wind gusts here hit 110 kilometres per hour. Let us put that into perspective. The Beaufort Wind Force Scale is a measure that relates wind speed to observed conditions at sea. The scale extends from 1 to 12.

On the Beaufort Scale, 110 kilometres per hour is midway between 10Whole Gale which translates to very high waves with overhanding crests and 11Violent Storm which translates to exceptionally high waves in which small and medium sized ships might be for a long time lost to view behind the waves. It is only one step below category 12 – Hurricane Force.

It occurs to me that the wind storm we experienced yesterday could be interpreted as Mother Nature telling us that she is royally pissed. We have not taken particularly good care of the planet with which we have been entrusted. We are paying the price for excessive greenhouse gas emissions and denuded forests among other problems.

We are starting to become acclimatized (pardon the pun) to extreme weather events. Perhaps we should not be so complacent. Yesterday’s violent wind storm may just have been a random act of metaphor by to warn us that we are teetering on the edge of disaster.

Mother Nature can be a benevolent and endearing friend. But she can also be a powerful and violent enemy when she feels threatened. We would do well to stay on her good side.

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