Nature delivers a gift from Texas

Nature is never more marvelous that when it changes the hue out the window.

That “yellowishness” of the snow and sky, as you probably have heard by now, is all Texas’ fault. It’s their dust, picked up by the wind and scattered to flyover country. And now it belongs to us.

This is all nature’s way of reminding us that borders don’t count and we’re not as far away from one another as we think we are. Time, distance, and all that.

The sands from the Sahara end up across an ocean to South America. Oil-tinged birds end up in Pelican Rapids after a Gulf oil spill. The smoke from wildfires from the Pacific Northwest enters our lungs and clouds our view in Minnesota. The moisture that we’re shoveling comes courtesy of the Gulf of Mexico. So why not a little dirt as a chaser?

This is the meteorological and atmospheric equivalent of the famous earthrise picture which galvanized the environmental movement to remind us that no part of Earth is free from the effects of what happens on another part of Earth.

Nature, when it’s not trying to kill us, is pretty sweet as it constantly challenges us to see our planet and ourselves from a different perspective.

  • MrE85

    “…is all Texas’ fault”

    So much is.

    But you’re right, particulate pollution can travel hundreds, even thousands of miles.

  • Gary Leatherman
  • Rob

    Gives new meaning to Frank Zappa’s admonition not to eat the yellow snow.

  • Jack

    People came down with pneumonia from dust during the dust bowl. I strongly believe that grandparents’ first child died from it.

  • king harvest

    “Nature, when it’s not trying to kill us”….
    Is it really nature? The post suggests otherwise
    I feel Texas nature wants to kill me
    Arizona nature is more meh, let the sun get ’em
    Is it natural to die on an LA freeway?
    Or a Florida hospital?
    Tom Lehrer does a great song

  • Jack Ungerleider

    One of the great examples of the one world concept is from the early 19th century. 1816 is known as “the year without a summer”. ( )

    Crops in North America and Europe (Ireland and the UK particularly) failed because there was frost in almost every month of that year. The cause is suspected to be the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia (then the Dutch East Indies) and possibly some of the lingering effects of the eruption of Mayon the year before. (From the wikipedia entry)

    All things considered a little yellow snow probably isn’t too bad if we get a regular summer.