Cinque Piedi di Acqua Alta a Venezia

This must have been scary for Venetians. Six hours of water five feet above where it normally is. Walking around sidewalks hip-deep in the lagoon — yuck! A beautiful city, but that lagoon is nasty. Is it global warming? Well, that’s hard to say. There had been a lot of rain the weeks beforehand, so the rivers were high, and there are sometimes naturally-occurring high tides just by way of the force of the gravitational interaction of the moon and the earth. The highest tide ever recorded was seventy-four inches (thirteen more than today’s, which was the fourth-highest tide on record) and that was more than a hundred years ago. So I’m not quick to attribute an extraordinary event like this to global warming, although that couldn’t have helped.

Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering litigator. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Recovering Former Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.