Lightning strikes near the Potomac River during a storm in Alexandria, VA on June 9, 2011
If it weren’t for the economic storm of our own making, 2011 would be remembered as the year of violent weather: floods on major rivers, monster tornados, extreme heat, widespread drought. I suppose if nature were kind and people lived in harmony with their environment, we’d be out of business. But does business have to be so good?!
So, in choosing the August cover, I wanted to show some violent weather. The photo was shot by my son, Michael, a professional photojournalist. A severe thunderstorm was crossing the Potomac River south of where he lives in Alexandria and putting on a spectacular show. You can see the full news video here. I, too, could see the storm from the heights of JAWRA World Editorial Headquarters, about 30 miles away. I just sat on my balcony and marveled at the light show.
A single year doesn’t make a trend, but 2011 certainly makes us think about climate change.