When the weather first started going crazy
a few years ago
it became quickly fashionable to say "global warming" or "climate change."
Meteorological comments went from being smalltalk to having a larger
significance. Others countered (paradoxically enough) that anomalies were
normal. Give it time and we'll see if it's truly a trend. The irony
here is that given enough time people adapt to anything; by the time climate
chaos is confirmed we have become used to it. Extremes are the new norm.
Seattle's recent heatwave is almost beneath notice. Three consecutive weeks
of heat and sun in the rainy season--so what? The window of memory opens
only a crack. Barely enough to let the light in.