All This Rain: A Gift or a Curse?
February 6, 2023
Our columnists battle over whether to celebrate the recent rain.
Why I love the rain
Each year rain will always hit us, and many love it or they hate it. I say rain is actually good for our earth’s environment in many different ways. My fellow columnist definitely has a different point of view. Clouds are made of water droplets and when they have too many droplets they get heavy, which then causes rain. Rain plays a huge role in our ecosystem, which I honestly think is proof enough that it’s a positive force. Rain also provides help agriculturally and electrically. There are plenty of reasons why rain is good for the earth.
A little rain is always a good thing for the agriculture industry and, since those crops eventually become our food, the world as a whole. A little rain helps benefit crops and fields. Rain helps plants and crops by soaking the soil. When this occurs, the nutrients and minerals are freed for the roots to absorb, which causes them to grow faster. This helps the farmers put out their products quickly rather than waiting a long time. Unfortunately I will admit there can be consequences with too much rain, but those are still pretty rare here in California
Rain can also be good for our electricity. When raindrops hit rain energy generators, the components create a closed loop system.When raindrops are in clouds, they have potential energy, which is converted to kinetic energy when they fall. Raindrops’ kinetic energy then turns into electrical energy which can be used for many electronics.
Most importantly, we are much better off with rain than without it. Without rain, earth and all the ecosystems within it would be much worse off. People and animals rely on rain each year so we don’t have a drought and the environmental problems that are associated with it. Without rain there would be a limited water usage rule that people would have to follow in accordance with the hypothetically limited water supply. Water shortages would harm the environment by reducing the soil’s moisture, which would cause the plants and crops to die out. An environment like that would make the animals’ lives miserable.
My fellow columnist may have a different opinion, but rain’s benefits to the earth proves it is good.
The consequences of the rain
Rain can affect everyone in various ways. It can either be negative or positive. I say rain is actually bad because of all the negative effects it has.
This past month we have been getting tons of rain, causing floods and causing the power to go out in certain areas. This issue of electricity can be frightening. Floods have been a problem for a lot of people, stopping people from leaving their homes and causing them to possibly miss work due to these floods. This is disheartening since a lot of people can’t afford to miss work because they need to provide for their loved ones.
Rain also causes soil erosion. It removes soil particles and causes the soil to deteriorate. This is a problem because it removes the most valuable part of the soil, which is the most productive part, for agricultural purposes. This is really bad for people because when the wind carries this dust, not only is it bad for us but it can carry up to 20 infectious diseases, some being anthrax and tuberculosis. Anthrax would damage organs and this can cause hemorrhagic meningitis and from that comes death.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death, and the rain doesn’t help. The aforementioned floods cause smaller cars to get stuck. Rain makes it even riskier for people to drive, with windshield wipers constantly messing with their vision. Rain also decreases a vehicle’s performance when driving. No matter how much rain there is, even the smallest amount can mess with the tires’ traction. Rain also is one of the main reasons there is traffic, which makes it worse since LA’s traffic is no joke. This is a problem because tons of people have their parents drop them off at school or at a different location. Meaning that a student or whoever is late and that person is getting in trouble for a reason that wasn’t even their fault.
I think people like Mark should look at the bad instead of the good because many people overlook the bad.