by Terry James
The year 2012 has brought with it strange geophysical manifestations. The heat and storms of recent days are unprecedented in many cases, in terms of records falling. Power outages in parts of the nation are particularly thought provoking. The following excerpt encapsulates the plight of many Americans as I write this commentary.
WASHINGTON — Millions of people in a swath of states along the East Coast and farther west went into a third sweltering day without power Monday after a round of summer storms that killed more than a dozen people.
The outages left many to contend with stifling homes and spoiled food over the weekend as temperatures approached or exceeded 100 degrees.Around 2 million customers from North Carolina to New Jersey and as far west as Illinois were without power Monday morning. And utility officials said the power would likely be out for several more days. Since Friday, severe weather has been blamed for at least 22 deaths, most from trees falling on homes and cars. (Mercury News)