El Veranillo de San Juan

Growing up in Southern California, every October we experienced what was called “Indian Summer”.  Costa Rica has the same type of situation in July called “El Veranillo” (little summer).  With the exception of a very light rainfall for an hour on Thurdsay night, we actually haven’t had rain in Tamarindo in about 3 weeks.  I know this because I’ve been keeping track and it’s so darn hot out that I’m praying for rain every time I see clouds or hear thunder (I’ve recently learned that thunder does not equal rain).  Rain will bring slightly cooler temperatures (mid-70’s) to my tropical, un-airconditioned home.

But people here tell me that while you can always count on El Veranillo, not having any rain at all is quite odd.  A quick rainstorm in the afternoon is common during El Veranillo.  And that brings me to think about what is happening on our planet, and how I hope that these subtle little changes will make people start to believe that climate change really does exist.  And I hope even more that it will help people understand that we have to change our ways.  Our current level of consumption is unsustainable and it takes each and every one of us, every day, to be the change and make a difference.

I took the above photo on July 19, 1984.  My family was flying to Europe and this photo was taken over Greenland.  I wonder if I took the same flight path now, what would the photo look like?

The photo below of Greenland was just posted in the UK’s The Guardian and taken by NASA satellites. (Read the entire article here). The caption reads: The Greenland ice sheet on July 8, left, and four days later on the right.  In the image, the areas classified as ‘probable melt’ (light pink) correspond to those sites where at least one satellite detected surface melting. The areas classified as ‘melt’ (dark pink) correspond to sites where two or three satellites detected surface melting.

I don’t totally understand the science behind the satellite images but being a visual person, I get that those photo images aren’t good.

During the move, I found all kinds of crazy old things but one thing I kept was the map from the flight of the photo above.  I’m not sure who drew the line but it seems like we were measuring the amount of time it took to fly from Los Angeles to Amsterdam.  Back in those days, the pilot actually announced the cities we were flying over during the flight.  I don’t think the line below is an accurate representation of where we were when we flew over Greenland (I think we may have been further North) but still, it makes you think, doesn’t it?

Don’t just think about the negatives of climate change…act on it.  Be a positive change and a role model for others. Your choices today can help protect our precious planet and all its inhabitants, now and for future generations.

Pura vida…Chrissy