So far the hottest year in the Czech Republic since the history of measurements was 2018. The rest of the top were years 2017, 2015 and now it seems 2019 will bump one of them off and three hottest years will be also three consecutive years. Right now we have a third consecutive year of not only abnormally hot but also abnormally dry weather. The area where I live is still relatively well off – and here it did not rain for eight weeks by now. Four of my bonsai trees have nearly died (and will probably die definitively) because I do not have as much water as I need to water them. I have managed to keep alive my freshly planted hornbeams in the coppice, but only just, and if no rain comes, they are toast. If I did not have my own sewage cleaning facility that allows me to use wastewater for watering trees they would be toast already. The well did not dry out yet, but it has merely 3 m of water now, which is not much.
And to drive the point really home I encountered this at work during my lunch break walk – a tiny baby frog or (more probably) a toad, dried and mummified (the pictures were not taken on the same day btw, it is still there).
It is fairly common to find dead dry frogs/toads on the road, but they are usually squashed by a passing car prior to that. This poor little wee thing had dried mid-step.
I am not particularly squeamish, but this sight shook me. It is a warning of things to come.
All those years with the (false) ‘boiling frog’ metaphor, and this is the thing that really happens…
Ice Swimmer says
This is truly disturbing but a necessary reminder.
It seems we’ve sailed right past the canary in the coalmine and are all the way up to the mummified frog in the street.
Poor thing, not good being a harbinger of disaster.
I’m so thankful for the current cold, rainy July weather. Last summer was hot and dry, the beginning of this summer was hot and dry, and the trip to Switzerland was also unexpectedly hot…