16 April 2014

Storm Chasing 101

Springtime brings out the weather fans and they converge on the American Midwest to catch a tornado.

Storm chasing is a growing pastime and was made popular after the movie Twister hit the big screens.  and continues to draw interest with a variety of TV shows on cable.

For a quick little introduction to Storm chasing, see:

Bristow, Robert S.; Cantillon, Heather. Tornado Chasing, Parks & Recreation. Sep2000, Vol. 35 Issue 9, p98. 8p.

14 April 2014

Hunters sue to end Sunday ban

"Sportsmen in two of the six states that do not allow Sunday hunting are suing to end the ban."  This was the lead sentence in the article by Frank Sousa.  Hikers and other outdoor "persons" should fight to have a day in the woods when they are not threatened by guns!

10 April 2014

Cities and Urban Heat Islands

Just check out these animations about city growth that highlight the need to set aside parks to mitigate urban heat islands.

For example, the former Westfield City Green "used" to have cooler temperatures.



Isotherms of cooler Temps around former Green.

08 April 2014

New Wilderness Area!

On March 13, 2014, President Obama signed legislation designating 32,557 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan as Wilderness, the first congressional designation under the Wilderness Act since 2009.

"President Obama and Congress have given the American people a priceless gift by ensuring that this extraordinary landscape with its towering sand dunes and bluffs will be preserved forever as wild and primitive," said Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell. "Hikers, anglers, paddlers and others who venture into this wilderness will find it just as the Ottawa and Chippewa tribes have for the past 3,000 years - a place of quiet solitude, spectacular views, and abundant wildlife.

The Wilderness Act, signed into law in 1964 and celebrating its Fiftieth Anniversary this year, established the highest level of conservation protection for federal lands. Wilderness areas generally do not allow motorized equipment, motor vehicles, mechanical transport, temporary roads, permanent structures or installation. Visitors can engage in non-motorized recreation in Wilderness areas, including hiking, fishing, camping, and hunting.

05 April 2014

20th Annual Westfield River Symposium TODAY

Always a great event, Westfield State again hosts the Annual Westfield River Symposium on campus.
The program is found on the WRWA site, so check it out.

And consider attending next year!

03 April 2014

Medical Tourism Survey

The Medical Tourism Association is sponsoring a survey.

Please visit this link to participate. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/53WHBX9).

Link is good until tomorrow Friday the 4 April!

02 April 2014

ok, yesterday was my annual April Fools Day Blog

but one needs to wonder about all that electromagnetic radiation going through our bodies.

See this link though.

"The Current Radiation Level in Japan
Except for the neighboring areas near the nuclear power plants, there is no dangerous level of radiation detected in Japan. Tokyo is NOT within radiation contamination area, as it is located over 200km (124 miles) away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant facilities. The radiation level in Tokyo is similar to that of New York City."