Usually those of us in the temperate Mid-Atlantic states think of ourselves as climatically fortunate and ideally situated for year round living. Summers are not too hot. Winters are not too cold. Extreme weather events are rare. And we thank our lucky stars when reading the news from other parts of the country beset by tornadoes or hurricanes or flooding or drought or forest fires or earthquakes.
But now we find ourselves in the crosshairs of Hurricane Sandy which threatens to converge, right on top of us, with other weather systems into what some are predicting may be “the perfect storm”. And we are reminded of the stark reality that our comfortable, modern lives are always, always at the mercy of Mother Nature.