[the weather]

Topic: India
I’ve come to believe that weather is too often overlooked as a factor that influences political events. What was the weather like in the summer of 1967? I bet it was nice both in the US and in Europe. And in 1968? I bet it was hot. And how was the weather in Paris in July of 1789?

Or take India, for example. While the drama in Delhi these last few days might seem a little nuts, just consider how sane you’d feel if the weather was 111 degrees with widespread dust, and you lived in a town where most people have no air conditioners and the electricity craps out in the heat of the afternoon.

If it ever hits 111 in New York for more than two days running, I expect mass looting and general carnage, not to mention multiple hijackings of ice cream trucks.