1988 was a hot, dry summer. I remember it well because my brother graduated from high school around June 1 that year and I remember everyone commenting on how dusty and dry the grassy parking lot was at the graduation. And it was only June 1. What followed a dry spring was a hot, dry summer and by August our city had imposed sprinkling bans and the parched earth begged for a drink. And the newspapers ran articles about how the Amish coped with the drought, like this one that appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
2012 has also been a horrible summer as far as hot and dry goes. For some reason, 1988 stands out in my mind as worse. Perhaps it was drier then..southern Ohio, while parched this year, has been at least getting some occasional rain. And I remember in my summer job at an amusement park in 1988 (ah, the joys of being 16, such frivolity), I set a skillet down on the midway, cracked an egg and watched it fry under the noon sun. But this year has statistically been hotter than 1988. Which year do you think was worse? And whichever you pick, this year the newspapers are again running articles about the Amish and drought. It’s amazing how similar those two articles are, you could almost interchange them. So as much as society and our world changes we can at least know that 30 years from now if there is another terrible drought, newspapers (if they still exist 30 years from now) will run articles about the Amish and droughts and the Amish will once again say they are doing just fine.