So here's what was announced earlier today:
flag warning has been issued for Western Washington, including the Olympic
Mountains and the lowlands along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound,
and will last through 11 p.m. today as thunderstorms approach the region.
The warning was issued by the National Weather Service at 8:21 a.m. today.
A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either
occurring now or will develop shortly.
Here's the first (and thus far only) comment about this on the PDN's website:
I say Sequim has nothing to worry about; we rarely have thunderstorms. I think in the 10 yrs I've lived here, I've seen 2 thunderstorms, maybe 3 at most.
Now...Given the nature of climate change, as generally understood, and given the current record low flows in rivers in Clallam County, which are a result of the non-existent snowpack in the Olympics...Does anyone see any sort of attitudinal red flag warning that should be raised by statements like this one? How can you expect your elected "leaders" to focus on the future when they're too busy looking back at how things used to be - and are joined in this exercise by the people living there?
Yes, things might have been "that way" back in the day, but that's no guarantee that they will be "that way" tomorrow, or next year, or ten years from now. The world is changing around us. But unless we change our perspectives as well, then we'll always be behind the curve.
Way, way behind the curve.
That thunder you might hear signifies danger in more ways than one.