Hodge: Dealing with weather’s ‘new normal’

Global warming appears to have arrived based on our recent hot weather

Is it hot enough for you yet?

This is certainly an opportune time to be a commissioned fan or portable air conditioner salesperson.

It’s times like this I wish I had my brother’s inventive and electronic genius, as I’m sure there is an easy way to convert my portable oxygen tank into a portable fan.

Somehow, I’m sure I can replace the two narrow nose tubes with a larger, single air blaster. Then, if I turn the air volume dial wide open to four and hold the tube back six inches from my face, I’ll a lovely cooling breeze following me about.

The concern being, of course, that with my thin, scraggly, hair billowing about as I trundle down the street, I may be mistaken for a burned-out former fashion model. Or worse. I forget about the mechanical conversion and place the tube back in my nostrils thereby filling my head like a balloon.

Like many others, I’m probably best to stay indoors and hope the hamsters running my air conditioner system do not quit. Certainly anyone with compromised respiratory or pulmonary health issues should be heeding the warnings and remain inside avoiding both the intense heat, and smoke from forest fires.

Like it or not Mother Nature is not finished with us or the rest of the province. In fact, our weather nightmares may well have just begun. We are only now entering normal forest fire season and as I write, there are more than 110 significant forest fires burning in B.C., several of which are on a rampage and not controlled.

We are setting records. It has never been so hot during the month of July in the Central Okanagan since such technical records started being collected back in 1969. According to Environment Canada, the average daily temperature for the month was 23.3 Celsius, way ahead of the average of 19.5 C.

Meanwhile there was not a drop of water from the sky in July, marking a 14-year stretch since the last rain-free July back in 2013. For locals, that was the terrifying summer when the Valley was on fire everywhere, including the devastating Okanagan Mountain blaze. That nightmare destroyed 250 homes in the area and blackened skies for days.

Many Kelowna residents are still recovering from the floods of this June and July.

While the fires are of great concern and the heat is debilitating, the smoky air can be plain deadly. Thursday’s air quality index was set to hit seven or eight out of 10 in Kelowna—a dangerous level.

Do not be foolish folks and take chances. If you are experiencing difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, seek medical aid.

Tragically, some of our weather discomfort may well be self-inflicted. More and more, experts are suggesting the current bashing by Mother Nature is the new normal for future weather patterns and global warming really has arrived.

There are, of course, people like U.S president Donald Trump who suggest global warming is fake news. Pathetically many of those in ostrich-like denial are also key players in the economics and decision making of this continent.

Trump’s latest decision regarding air quality and carbon reductions efforts are almost as scary and dangerous as his asinine reaction and responses to North Korea’s weapons testing.

Clearly Trump is not only out of control running the White House, but also out of his mind.

Like many others, I am staggered the man has been allowed to remain in charge of one of the world’s greatest economic and militarily powerful nations in the world, while chaos falls around him.

Why has this man not been impeached yet?

What will it take?

Suffice to say, there is enough hot air blowing in the Okanagan recently, we do not need more from south of the border.

We may not be able to control Trump but we can reduce the potential damage of the local hot air conditions. Stay inside.