Since we are officially in summer, many people will spend a great deal more time outdoors soaking up the sun's rays. You lie out in the sun hoping to get a golden tan, but instead walk away from your lounge chair looking like a lobster that's been left in the pot too long.
Make the most of this summer because it could be your last decent one: winter is coming as the planet enters the most devastating cooling period since the 65-year Maunder Minimum of the 17th and early 18th centuries.
Snakes seem more plentiful this year. If you're afraid of snakes, this news is probably going to alarm you. Among the 32 snake species found in Kentucky, four are venomous. Copperheads, cottonmouths, as well as the timber and pygmy rattlesnakes, are native to Kentucky.
May has turned out be a wet month over much of the eastern United States, and it has been a little on the cool side. We started out with a pretty much snowless winter followed by a warm spring in March and April with below normal rainfall. May has been almost a complete opposite.
On Aug. 21, 2017, millions of people will witness a once-in-a-lifetime event as a total solar eclipse is visible across the United States. The great thing is that our own backyard here in Christian County and surrounding counties in western Kentucky will be the ideal spot to view it.
I was in my yard the other day, thinking about having to mow soon. The clover and dandelions are in full bloom in my yard, but I noticed something was missing. There were no honeybees working the blossoms.
Nocturnal tornadoes, as they are called, are like nightmares that have come to life. They strike under the cover of darkness and are often among the most deadly weather phenomenon. As a matter of fact, Kentucky is number 3 in the nation for having nighttime tornadoes.
There are so many things going on in our chaotic world nowadays and, if you are like me, it is hard to stop and plan for things that may or may not happen. I have received several requests to give tips on emergency planning. The thing is, we live near the New Madrid Fault and the threat of a major earthquake is always a possibility.
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.