One Week’s Experience: From Global Warming to an Ice Age
Since September the Lower Rio Grande Valley has had very little rainfall and temperatures ranging into the high nineties. La Posada’s 10 rain barrels, positioned at the corners of each building, held hardly a centimeter of water … that is, until last Thursday. Rain began to fall and temperatures dropped drastically; a freeze warning was in the forecast …
Sister Margaret, who is in charge while I am away, and several of the clients hurriedly covered our young fruit trees and some plants in our vegetable garden. By Friday morning the temperature had dropped to 23 degrees and the rain had turned into sleet. Tree branches, flowers, and grass were coated with a quater of an inch of ice: La Posada had become a “Winter Wonderland.”
All of our clients have experiened “global warming,” but never the “ice age.” They loved it! All day they were running and sliding about, peeling ice off the tree branches and eating the ice and ice cycles. A short-lived experience — Sunday the temperature was 70 degrees!