Living with Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

I awoke this morning to a muggy, hot day. My skin was sticky-moist, and I decided not to put on shoes and socks to be more comfortable – just shorts and a t-shirt. The sky was covered with light-grey stratocumulus and cirrostratus clouds. Looking out the bedroom window gave me the feeling of being inside a wet light bulb. Still, it was some relief from the days of bright sun and triple-digit temperatures we’ve been having this summer in the scorching U.S. pacific northwest. It was also reassuring to read on my homepage today that temperatures would be dropping this week, at least for a while.

People who live in this region of the country are not accustomed to such weather. Most residents do not have air conditioners and lawn sprinkler systems. They’re normally not needed. If there are any swimming pools in our community…

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