Who says God doesn’t work in mysterious ways? When I came back to Jordan in December I remember it hadn’t rained for months, inciting fears of a drought. This forced the country to have a ‘national’ prayer (supplication) asking God for rain.
It actually poured for the next few days right after.
The rain however ushered in a cold winter. High demand and low supply for gas tanks resulted in overwhelming prices. This of course had the people begging that winter end as soon as possible. And to make things worse, prices of fruits and vegetables skyrocketed in the past 2-3 months.
In the past few weeks alone, with the Ministry of Agriculture telling the everyday Jordanian to effectively dream on when it comes to even thinking foodstuff prices will ever decrease; a lot of hearts and wallets were broken.
So I’m guessing a lot of people have been praying in Jordan, which has lead to this recent unusual heat wave in early May, which technically started in April with unusually high temperatures recorded a few weeks back as well.
No one has been buying gas tanks for their heaters, that’s for sure. But rising temperatures have also lowered the prices of vegetables by 30%
Hot selling items like electric fans, a/c’s and ice cream aside…a shortage of water can only be expected to come much earlier this year.
Finally…an economist with a sense of humor (and divine powers).