On January 11, 1908, our 26th U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument. President Roosevelt was remarkable in his foresight. He knew the historical, ecological, and recreational value of the site. Find out for yourself. Take the U.S. National Park Service’s Virtual Tour of the Grand Canyon and discover the wonders that archeologists, naturalists, and hikers experience when they move through the park.
Sunshine is a welcome sight on wintery days. Even when it’s chilly outside, the cheery presence of our solar system‘s very own resident star makes a blustery breeze and low temperatures bearable. Want to accurately calculate sunrise and sunset? Want to keep up with the sun’s movement? Take a look at SunCalc.
Arctic blasts, chilling drops in temperature, freezing gusts everywhere–BRRRRR! Welcome to winter. Take a look at Windyty, an interactive wind map and see where earth’s atmosphere is casting about all of that cold air.
The Earth Wind Map gathers weather data from the Global Forecast System at the National Center for Environmental Prediction, a NOAA initiative.
Well, thanks to yesterday’s meteorological mayhem–very low temperatures, precipitation coating weak pine limbs and ice! ice! ice!–I didn’t get to post.
I live in Statesboro, Georgia, a location that rarely gets snow or ice. I’m thankful for that. Although my city isn’t experiencing weather-related upheavals like other, far colder places around the country, what my city did endure on Monday was rather unpleasant. Pine trees laden with ice began sloughing off their weakest branches. Amid cracking sounds that were similar to gunfire noise, limbs fell from tall trees damaging house. Our house lost a window to one of the plummeting pine bombs and our wood fence was smashed in a couple of places.
All in all, though, it was remarkably tolerable.
Sure, I’ll be cleaning up pine limbs for weeks; however, doing that beats dealing with week-long power outages, months of shoveling snow, and permafrost.