For when they are saying, “Peace and safety,” then sudden destruction cometh upon them as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 (21st Century King James Version)
Note: An alternate title could be, “In the Face of the Coming Storm II”.
If you’re like me and live in New Jersey, you’ve survived the Memorial Day weekend as we officially kicked off the Summer Season. Outdoor programs, cookouts, baseball, fireworks, camp, etc, are on tap between now and Labor Day. One main summer staple here on the Jersey Side is the opening of the Jersey Shore. This is more profound especially in the wake of last October’s superstorm, Hurricane Sandy.
Recently we had an ad on TV from the State with the slogan, “We Survived The Storm”. Now don’t get me wrong. As a native Jerseyan (born and raised here), I’m thankful that we survived that nightmare. And I’m glad to see people rebuilding their lives after Sandy. However, as we celebrate the return of the Jersey Shore, we also have started the 2013 Hurricane Season back on June 1st and ends November 30th. Per the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) dated May 23, 2013:
For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).
And of course, my home state is right on the Atlantic. I sense a bit of hubris in the “surviving the storm” mentality. It’s like we can tell Nature, “Go ahead, dish it out! We’ll just rebuild!” Now after last October, folks would have learned their lessons and realized that we can’t beat Nature. However, they haven’t. We’re still rebuilding on the shore and acting like no future storms will come our way. You read the NOAA statement above. You’ve also read in recent years that our messing with the atmosphere is warming it (and the seas) up, thus fueling more hurricanes both in the Atlantic and the Pacific. As of this writing, Tropical Storm Andrea is in the Gulf of Mexico-the first storm of the new season.
Yes Virginia, there will be more storms. And yes, they could quite possibly come our way. And yes, we could have more “Sandys” or worse. Will we be able to “survive” the storms ahead? Will we turn around after the 2013 Season-if it kicks our ass-and rebuild? Or, will we survive? Who’s to say some future storm may not only kick our ass, but also knock us on our back as well? Who’s to say that we may be able to rebuild if some future storm destroys our infrastructure to the point of no return? Who’s to say that future storm will wash out so much of the Shore into the Atlantic that we may have to (finally) leave it be?
Surviving the Storm? That’s a good question. We have for now, but what about the future? Will we survive the storm? One thing I do know: the storms (and the shore) will certainly survive us.