Snow or No Snow

 

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Winter is coming, there is no denying this! Many people will not be too happy but others enjoy snow once and a while. This brings up an interesting question; will it be a snow filled winter or a dry one?

Only time will tell. This is an important question because snow can cause a lot of problems. Personally I enjoy snow as much as anyone else but I don’t like driving my car through a blizzard, and I think most people would agree.

So I believe its safe to say winter is considered a more fun idea to younger kids than adults. Lets remember the blizzard of 78′ for example when people were literally forced to abandon their cars as they came back from work.

The blizzard caused 520 million dollars in damage which is equivalent to 1.8 billion dollars today. It makes you think twice about if you like snow or not!

So…will it be a snow filled winter or a dry one?! Comment below and tell me what you think? Do you enjoy living in an area where it snows a lot? …Or maybe you escape the winter by living somewhere warmer!

The Power of Katrina

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The weather has changed people’s lives in a heart beat. A hurricane can flood out a whole city and cause up to billions of dollars of damage. Back in 2006, I still remember to this day watching the coverage of Hurricane Katrina making landfall around the New Orleans area. Seeing all the devastation of people’s homes and seeing some people walking through deep water just trying to find safety. The pictures and videos were horrifying to look at and it was hard to imagine just seeing a city go under water. 34,000 people were rescued after the storm hit on August 29th, 2006. Most of the flooding was due to the levees breaking because they could not stand the force of the hurricane.

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Some surprising facts about Hurricane Katrina

  • Hurricane Katrina was the third strongest hurricane to make landfall in the US.
  • In New Orleans, the levees were suppose to sustain Category 3 winds, but Katrina peaked at a Category 5 hurricane winds.
  • Thefinal death toll was at 1,836, most of the people were from Louisiana and Mississippi.
    •  More than half of these victims were senior citizens.
  • 705 people are still missing to this date from the result of the Hurricane.
  • An estimated 80% of New Orleans was under water.
    • Some places in New Orleans were up to 20 ft deep in places.
  • Hurricane Katrina caused $81 billion in property damages.
  • It is estimated that the total economic impact in Louisiana and Mississippi may exceed $150 billion.
    • Costliest hurricane ever in US history.

 

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Even though Hurricane Katrina didn’t directly impact my life since I live in New England. It was still a pretty big storm when it moved up the east coast impacting 90,000 squared miles. Hurricane Katrina did teach me and many other people to not take hurricanes and weather in general lightly. When there is an evacuation in order for an area near you, don’t be daring and risk your own life and stay. Take the precautions and leave to find a safer shelter to stay in. If you do decide to stay have a hurricane kit filled with batteries, non perishable food, and all the necessities to survive. Even category one hurricanes can be extremely violent and deadly and cause a lot of damage.

It is that time of the year again

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and I was hiking up the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts. The weather was perfect with the sun shining down on me and not a cloud in the sky. There is a slight breeze going through my hair and the smell of pine is in the air. It is the end of September which means fall foliage is almost at its peak and all the vibrant red, yellows, and orange leaves are  shown all around the mountains. While on the Berkshire Mountains, I was thinking of why some leaves turn yellow while others turn the color red?

I was that person on the mountain who took out his phone to look it up. Yes I did had reception for some crazy reason. I learned that those colors depend on certain weather occurrences. For leaves to turn red and purple colors, the leaves rely on the temperatures and the amount of precipitation that falls. Yellow and orange color leaves depend on the daylight decreasing. The more vibrant colors occur when there is relatively cooler weather and dry weather.

The foliage is one of the reasons why I love Fall. It makes driving around the highway so beautiful. I also love the relatively colder weather, apple cider, and that Halloween is right around the corner. I am not a big fan of the pumpkin lattes at Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts probably because I work at Dunkins for three years.

On the way down from the mountain I realized that it is crazy that some places in the south are missing out on seeing the beautiful fall foliage. That being said the leaves eventually fall off the trees which makes the scenery very bare and depressing. So take this time now right now to treasure the leaves because in a month or so those leaves will be all over your backyard. What is your favorite and least favorite part of fall?

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