Weather is something man just cannot control

Man is often reminded — often rudely and often tragically — of what he cannot control. Like the weather. It is a reality that can whack us across the head like a chunk of debris violently thrust by a 100 MPH wind.

Man can predict it, analyze it and scrutinize it down to the smallest of waves on the ocean and the wispiest of clouds in the sky. But he cannot control weather. Such as Harvey.

The devastation wrought in Texas and surrounding parts will be felt for decades. Even more so than the billions of dollars of destruction are the lives lost. Dollar bills don’t have a pulse and a soul. Human beings do. And those families confronting lost lives due to Harvey will forever be changed. You probably saw or read about the shivering 18-month-old baby girl being rescued while clinging to her drowned mother. How incredibly sad is that? All we can do is pray for those poor folks down south and, if possible, donate money, goods or blood via the Red Cross to help out. The feeling of utter helplessness must be as overwhelming as a charging 12-foot wave.

And a reminder for all of us in these parts. Next winter when we have to shovel out after maybe a half-foot snowfall, let’s pause and think about our season in, season out year-to-year weather. No hurricanes. No loss-of-lives catastrophic flooding. No mudslides or rampant, roaring homes engulfing brush fires like they have in California. Or earthquakes, for that matter. Major tornadoes are few with the last major one — remember Newton Falls? — coming in 1985.

Yes, when it comes to widespread weather-related destruction we have it pretty good around here even with an infrequent blizzard or biting windstorm. So while we should be thankful for that we should be sympathetic for the poor souls impacted dreadfully in the south. All that while another emerging storm is now crossing the Atlantic. It had already been named. Irma could be hitting our shores within two weeks. Its destination too is out of man’s control.