We often escape to 18 screen movie theaters to cheer on our favorite super heroes, when in fact, they're all around us.
I'm proud of both my sons. One is a digital media entrepreneur with an up and coming blues band. The other is a Navy helicopter pilot. His daily sacrifices remind me how lucky we all are to have such dedicated soldiers defending this grand and fragile experiment we call America.
A modest suggestion: instead of just thanking troops and veterans for their service take the next step. Ask how their families are doing - if you can help them find the right job - and if they're getting the care they need to move forward. Treat them like your sons and daughters because, in a way, they are.
A well-timed warm front just sparked the first 80s in nearly 8 months. This jolt of tropical air fuels a few T-storms today - it won't be nearly as photogenic as the past 2 days.
Speaking of weather-whiplash, we go from whining about 40s and wind chill to complaining about the heat this week. I see a streak of 80s, possibly 90F later this week with a dew point that could make one long for April. Yes, be careful what you wish for. Calendar, notwithstanding, summer is here!
Happy Memorial Day.
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Photo credit above: "Efforts are under way to introduce climate hardiness to the US domestic breed stock." Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Alamy.
Photo credit above: "More than 100-foot flames consume ponderosa pine trees in Oak Creek Canyon in the Slide Fire south of Flagstaff, Arizona." Photograph: Rick D'Elia/Corbis
Photo credit above: "No laughing matter: A tornado touches down in a field in Akron, Colorado, on May 7." AP.
- On average, 33 tornadoes occur every year in the UK. Last year there were 45; in 1984 there were 47.
- Britain’s most severe tornado may have been the one that destroyed the church of St Mary le Bow and 600 houses in London on 23 October 1091. Four of the church’s 26-foot long rafters were reportedly driven so hard into the ground that only four feet of them was visible.
- The other candidate for the UK’s top twister occurred on 12 September 1810, when one thought to have registered F4 to F5 on the Fujita scale cut a devastating path from Old Portsmouth to Southsea Common. An eyewitness spoke of the roof of a bank being “rolled up like a piece of canvas and blown from its situation”...
* graphic above: Florida Center for Environmental Studies. Featured in an article at WLRN, "Why Handwringing about Sea Level Rise Won't Save Miami."
Photo credit above: "Melting away: an aerial view of the margin of Greenland’s threatened ice sheet." Photo by Hannes Grobe/Alfred Wegener Institute via Wikimedia Commons.
Memorial Day 2015. Here's another excerpt from Thomas Friedman's recent Op-Ed at The New York Times: "...We would be taking money away from the worst enemies of freedom on the planet, the world’s petro-dictators; and we would be incentivizing our industries to take the lead in manufacturing clean air, water and power systems, which will be in huge demand on a planet going from 7 billion to 9 billion people by 2050. In short, by taking the climate threat seriously now, we’d make ourselves so much more economically, physically, environmentally and geopolitically resilient — and, therefore, more free..."
Photo credit above: "Windmills that fill the horizon along Interstate 70 near Salina, Kansas, deliver clean and renewable energy." David Eulitt, The Kansas City Star.