aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Rain, rain, go away

It's been a soggy week. Floods are out across the land, yards and fields are waterlogged. Yuck. I'd much rather have some nice late snow than this cold monsoon. I'm just hoping that we don't get five or six months of rain straight through like we did last year.

For those who see everything through the prism of climate change, I would recall to their minds the first two lines of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales:
Whan that aprill with his shoures soote,
The droghte of march hath perced to the roote . . .
In modern English, that would be, "When April with its sweet showers hath pierced the drought of March to the root . . ." In other words, when Chaucer was writing the Canterbury Tales, c. 1387-1400, March was considered to be a dry month, followed by "April showers" and all that.

But then, Chaucer lived when the climate had begun growing colder. In AD 1000, the height of the Medieval Warm Period, people were growing wine grapes in England. By the early modern period, we were in the Little Ice Age. The tipping point, when crops began to be affected by shorter growing seasons, coincided with the coming of the Black Death, in the mid-14th Century. It was a disastrous period, when everything seemed to be going wrong, and getting worse. The depths of the Little Ice Age coincided with the colonial period in America. Things started to warm up in the 19th Century.

We may indeed be entering a warmer, wetter period. Alas for those of us who like things cooler and drier.

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