Posts Tagged ‘Midwest’

Three Storms: The Perfect Storm?

April 21, 2011

Extreme weather has affected three states in as many regions of the United States.  In the East Coast, North Carolina was hit by a tornado, while Texas wildfires scorched the Southwest, and a cold snap in the Midwest caused snow to fall in Michigan.  The tornado in North Carolina killed twenty-two people and damaged or destroyed more than 800 homes.  Meanwhile, wildfires have scorched Texas for days, consuming over a million acres and making the situation critical in the Lone Star State.  So far, 110 homes have been destroyed and hundreds more could be threatened.  In Michigan, record-breaking snow fell this April, bringing about seven to nine inches of wet, heavy snow, which has bent trees, snapped power lines and shut down schools throughout the Wolverine State.

April 2011 has been marked by extreme weather. Tornadoes ravaged North Carolina and the southeastern United States. A springtime snowfall has covered Michigan and the Midwest. Wildfires have scorched Texas. Is the country in the eye of the perfect storm?Can the tornado, wildfire and snowfall be related to one storm?  I believe that these storms could be related.  The cold front from the north can send tornadoes ripping throughout other regions.  April 2011 is said to go down as a record month for tornadoes.  The heavy drought in Texas may be due to the same cold front headed towards the east instead of the south, resulting in the spread of wildfires throughout the state.  The best thing you can do to prepare for these natural disasters is to have safety kits in your house and an emergency plan.  Don’t forget to set aside food and water that will last for at least two weeks.

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Taylor P.

 

Eagle Webcam Featuring the Decorah Eagles

April 12, 2011

The Raptor Resource Project streams live footage of a pair of Decorah Eagles from their nest at a fish hatchery in Decorah, Iowa.  The footage of the eagles is streamed 24/7.  An infrared light allows us to see them at night, but the eagles cannot see the light and do not know that it is there.  On Ustream.TV, you can log in and join a chat room discussing the eagles.  The chat room is open from 8AM to 8PM daily.

A nesting pair of Decorah Eagles from Decorah, Iowa, are being filmed on webcam 24/7 by the Raptor Resource Project.The nest, located in a cottonwood tree on the banks of Trout Run, is about 80 feet high, 5-6 feet wide and deep, and weighs about 1 ½ tons.  The eagles built the nest in 2007, replacing an old nest that fell in a windstorm and breaking one of the branches.  The eagle pair have been together since the winter of 2007 and have hatched eight eggs together since 2008.

Click here to watch the eagles on Ustream.TV right now.

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