5 Like Hell. Actually.
So far this year, the state of California alone has already seen 1,570 wild fires. And it is not even halfway through the year, and still far from the start of what was traditionally called “Fire Season.” The statistic is staggering if you wrap your mind around it: this figure represents an 85% increase in wildfire outbreaks. If you’re wondering why it has been such a bad year, refer to that whole “drought” thing we talked about earlier. And if you live in CA, start clearing dead brush from your property, ey? Full Story >>
4 If it's Not a Drought...
hile much of the globe has recently been stricken with horrible droughts, leaving crops and livestock wilting and dying, respectively, the American Midwest was inundated with crippling floods earlier this year. Rivers ranging from the mighty Mississippi to the Illinois River and beyond were swollen by heavy rains and melting snow from late season storms, ultimately forcing thousands of residents into temporary evacuations, destroying thousands of homes permanently, and damaging roads, bridges, boats, and more. Full Story >>
3 Dry as a Bone
Right now, much of the country (not to mention the world, of course) is experiencing a “D4 Drought.” That is rated as an “exceptional drought” by the U.S. Drought Monitor. And more than half of the continental US is experiencing at least drier than average conditions. Most of 2012 was the same as this year promises to be: record setting, but not in a good way. Full Story >>
2 The "Super" is Pejorative
Super Storm Sandy, the hurricane that rocked the eastern seaboard of America late last year, is now being called the second most expensive hurricane in American history, right after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Sandy was also one of the deadliest storms ever, with more than 70 deaths reported as a direct result of the hurricane. Victims perished all the way from Maryland to New England, and the effects of the storm were felt as far inland as Wisconsin. Full Story >>
1 Terrible Tornadoes
The twister that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma a few days ago has been classified as an EF5 tornado, the very strongest classification type we have. Winds whipped around at more than two hundred miles an hour, and for a while the cyclone was well over a mile in diameter! And, tragically, it claimed plural lives, many of them children. The storm that struck Moore was stunning in its scale, but was only one of a several tornado events from the past weeks. Full Story >>
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