Apparently, the world is going through a disastrous heat wave. Deaths have been reported in Canada, and the Northern Siberian Coast is having beach days, where the air temperature is well warm enough to hang out all day damned near naked on a towel, even if the Arctic waters are still a bit chilly.
Here in Prague, meanwhile, it has been cool and pleasant the last couple of weeks. Not even hot by summertime standards. Prague can be like that. It’s on planet Earth, but doesn’t always seem to be fully participating. Meteorologically, it is mild even by Czech standards, because it’s in a sheltered river valley, and the Czech climate is moderate compared to a lot of places because we’ve got mountains on every side. Not huge ones, but enough that we don’t get tornadoes, much less hurricanes. We don’t have earthquakes and if there was ever a volcano anywhere in the vicinity, it has been extinct for at least the length of human history.
So, I read about the heat wave, and I worry about the fate of the world, catastrophic climate events, and what we’re going to do if we totally destroy the atmosphere. But not too much. It’s easy to forget about that stuff here.