There seem to be a lot of things going on across the region this spring. The New Madrid Fault keeps rumbling and fraying the nerves of those living near the Mississippi River. We have seen late freezing conditions causing damage to some crops and fruit trees. Then to the other extreme, we have had several tornadoes already recorded. Thankfully, none of them were real strong.
Most of you know I have a soft spot for creatures of nature. I have a family of Mockingbirds that approach me very close without fear. They seem to know I am the one who brings them their favorite food of mealworms. I have had a little skunk that always wants to come up and play. But I'm just not that brave. So I see the disappointed look on it's face as it wanders off into the brush.
By spending more time outside in warm spring weather, people put themselves at risk of outdoor hazards like potentially dangerous tick bites. Understanding where ticks are common and avoiding those areas can also help to reduce your risk of a tick bite.
The New Madrid earthquakes were the biggest earthquakes in American history. They occurred in the central Mississippi Valley, but were felt as far away as New York City, Boston, Montreal, and Washington D.C. President James Madison and his wife Dolly felt them in the White House. Church bells rang in Boston.
As we continue our discussion on the eyewitness accounts from folks who actually lived during the 1811 to 1812 New Madrid Earthquakes, we find that the areas near the epicenter saw catastrophic damage. But there were effects felt over a good part of the eastern U.S. Because this was such an extreme event and felt over a wide area, people wrote about it.
So much has been written on the dangers of a major earthquake on the New Madrid Fault, we have to look back to the big earthquakes of 1811 through 1812 if we want to get a glimpse of what could happen. The most asked question is "What can we expect in our area?"
I have decided to bypass another post on the New Madrid Fault just for the time being. The fault is still rumbling though. But the onslaught of severe and violent storms is taking center stage. We hear about Tornado Alley all the time!
As I write this, the New Madrid Fault continues to rumble with small earthquakes. Most of them are occurring along the Mississippi River and several miles either side of it. I don’t want to unnecessarily alarm anyone about the danger with the fault.
Though Tornado Alley in the American Great Plains has a reputation for being a hotbed for tornadic activity, it’s more lethal cousin lies just next door and it comes across our region. Dixie Alley, in the southeast US, has become the deadliest region for tornadoes in the world.
Spring is right around the corner, which means allergy season is on its way. Some in the area are already being affected by the pollen in the air. Pollen is one of the most common allergens in the United States.
First things first, the long range outlooks are trending to a colder second half of February. So I haven’t given up on a measurable snow yet. We will see and I will talk more about that in future posts. I have been concerned over the last few weeks about the coming spring severe season.
After having computer issues, I am finally updating this blog. The number one question on everyone’s mind is if we are going to get any snow to speak of this year. We just can’t seem to get things to come together.
As the gloomy, gray winter days become more and more common this time of year, winter blues can set in. These periods of depression are called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and is a condition that occurs as the light dwindles in the autumn,
It’s that time of the year when families who decorate for Christmas might be thinking about selecting that perfect live tree for their homes. If you are choosing the real thing this year, here are some tips to keep your Christmas tree as healthy as possible this holiday season.