Archive for the ‘Weather’ Category

Who doesn’t love ladybugs?

So with all the floods, storms, etc…going on around here in the Midwest, it’s nice to see this story about the National Weather Service and the huge blob that turned up on their radar recently. Turns out it was actually a massive swarm of ladybugs.

The article is entitled “Massive ladybug swarm over California shows up on radar” over at Yahoo courtesy of the Associated Press. Now that’s my kind of storm front.



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Windy days

So when we first moved here to where I live now, we had five trees but over time, one by one they’ve all gone. The first one lost a large branch in the wind, the next one died due to disease, then one split apart and fell on the house, while the next one (which was leaning towards the house) had to come down and finally, the last one was dying a slow death before being taken down.

One concerned me most about the last one was actually all the strong winds we’d had lately, which finally leads me to this article entitled “The Ocean’s Biggest Waves Are Getting Even Bigger” by Rafi Letzter over at LiveScience.

The article in fact got me to thinking that I’m wondering if the winds on land have also gotten stronger. I have to say, I don’t remember having wind advisories like we had this spring. Meanwhile, we’re planting our first new tree in a week or two. In the fall, I hope to plant at least one more.



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Weather or not…

Back when I was a little kid, we lived for a couple of years Minneapolis and as the story goes, there were something like sixteen tornadoes spotted during one storm. Now according to my parents, my younger brother was looking outside in the backyard at our swing set when suddenly it was taken away by the wind.

Because of that, it’s believed that’s where my brother developed a real fear of tornadoes in particular and storms in general. Me on the other hand, I don’t think I’ve ever had that fear of storms. So reading this article brought back some of those memories.

The article is entitled “Speak positively to kids about the weather” by over at Treehugger. Meanwhile, the weather here was great today. A little cloudy earlier, cool and windy, but now, the sun’s back out.



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Down south of here

So every every so often, they talk about the New Madrid fault and how much damage it could do. Honestly, with all the strange weather these days, I guess it wouldn’t surprise me though I sure hope it doesn’t happen.

This article, entitled “How likely is an Earthquake in the Midwest, South? The Big One Could be Coming” by Thomas Novelty at the Louisville Courier Journal via USA Today talks about the chances.



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It hasn’t rain in days…

Okay, in some place’s it hasn’t rained in centuries, this according to the article entitled “It hadn’t rained here in centuries – now it’s raining and everything’s dying” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. Who knew that rain could lead to mass extinction’s due to climate change?



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Tornado alley is moving

As someone who thought we already live in tornado alley, it’s not exactly what you hear that actually tornado alley is moving closer to you. This according to the article entitled “Tornado Activity Rising Farther East, Including Missouri and Illinois, but Scientist aren’t Sure Why” by Seth Borenstein at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Watching the movie Twister the other day, certainly didn’t help either.



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So we finally had our first real snow fall last week and while it wasn’t much, something like a couple of inches, it made me realize how much I miss snow. The weekend before that, I tried the experiment of taking boiling water and throwing it into the air on a cold night but, unfortunately it wasn’t cold enough.

Anyway, tonight (despite no snow), I thought I would post this article entitled “This is how snowflakes are born (video)” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. If that doesn’t work for you, how about this poem by Wendell Berry entitled Like Snow:

Suppose we did our work
like the snow, quietly, quietly,
leaving nothing out

Snowy dreams!


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