Free Trade

May 19, 2010 0 Comments

It is a day like today that I give thanks to free trade. Why? Because I have seen the potential jet stream pattern for the next week or two. “Jet Stream” in reference to the weather. It looks like a blocking high pressure will develop over the Great Lakes region of the country and we might not have significant rain for the next week or two. Even worse is the fact that temperatures will be at least 10 to 15 degrees above normal on most days through the end of May. It looks like conditions will get pretty dusty around these parts. There are some slight chances of showers or thunderstorms, first on Friday and again during the middle of next week, but I am not too hopeful – based on our luck over the last few years. We will have to hope that thunderstorms over the plains drift into Wisconsin before dying out. So I know that everyone is going to be talking about how nice the weather is, but I can’t say that I am in the same frame of mind. Today is the type of day that I would normally whip out the word “Sunsational”, but without any significant rain, I don’t consider the weather all that great. If we had an inch of rain just last night or it was in the forecast soon (like the next day or two) then I would have “Sunsational” plastered all over our weather graphics today.

One of the positive aspects of dry weather – very few mosquitoes.

So what the heck does this have to do with free trade? In the past (more than 50 years ago) when a state or region experienced dry weather, people and their animals suffered. It was not very easy to transport large volumes of fresh food across a continent. Today, thanks to the foresight and fortitude of freedom-lovers, a few politicians and economists we have mostly free trade with many countries around the world. If there is a drought in California, not to worry, the U.S trades peacefully with Chile and we can get grapes from there. When frost hits Florida, we can still get fresh oranges from South Africa. And so it goes with much of the world. Thanks to free trade, a short-term regional drought does not mean people have to suffer and go hungry.

Have a good Wednesday! Meteorologist Justin Loew.

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