Sunrise and another day begins. How many people actually look at a sunrise and see the beauty and the continuity of it? For some it is a new beginning. For others it is another day that brings them no joy. They awake to an ugly reality. I hope somehow they can see the beauty and the hope of the sunrise.
Nature gives us beauty on one hand and destruction on the other. The flooding in Louisiana reminds us that often “Mother” Nature is to be feared. Our hearts and prayers go out to those whose lives have been devastated by a nature that has no concern for the little human beings caught in it’s path.
The people of Louisiana are victims of Mother Nature once again.
On August 14, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) began collecting damage assessment imagery in the aftermath of the August 2016 severe storms that caused significant flooding in Louisiana. Aerial imagery is being collected in specific areas identified by FEMA and the National Weather Service.
Louisiana flooding is ‘major disaster,’ governor says. Record flooding has displaced tens of thousands in southern Louisiana.
Tornadoes rip through the heartland every year and destroy lives and property without rhyme or reason. “Tornado Alley” is a colloquial term for the area of the United States where tornadoes are most frequent.
Tornadoes that ripped through central Indiana this week were more than unprecedented. They support a startling and possibly scary discovery by Purdue researchers.
The nation’s tornado hot spot has moved much closer to Indiana, putting us in greater danger from late summer and fall tornadoes.
The study confirms what happened in one Brownsburg neighborhood Monday. Crews are still clearing downed trees and repairing homes. Indiana is seeing more and more powerful tornadoes outside of the traditional tornado season, times of the year most people thought they were safe
.The images of the devastation caused by tornadoes are reminders of the power of Mother Nature.
So much destruction and suffering and I haven’t even discussed earthquakes and hurricanes. I think for now I won’t.
California is being devastated by wildfires aided by the years long drought.
A wildfire raging through drought-parched canyons near Cajon Pass in Southern California has forced the mandatory evacuation of thousands of people. Authorities say the blaze is moving north toward Wrightwood and shows no sign of slowing down.
San Bernardino County fire officials could only confirm that dozens of structures had burned, and that big numbers are likely.
“There will be a lot of families that come home to nothing,” county Fire Chief Mark Hartwig said Wednesday after flying over a fire scene he described as “devastating.”
“It hit hard. It hit fast. It hit with an intensity that we hadn’t seen before,” he said.
“In my 40 years of fighting fire, I’ve never seen fire behavior so extreme,” said Incident Commander Mike Wakoski.
Natural disasters are extreme, sudden events caused by environmental factors that injure people and damage property. Earthquakes, windstorms, floods, and disease all strike anywhere on earth, often without warning.
After reading the cheery little paragraph I thought about how I had been complaining about the heat and humidity in my part of the country that was making me miserable. Okay, not complaining, whining. I decided that maybe I wasn’t “miserable”. I was uncomfortable.
My home is intact. My friends and family safe and secure. I have 4 air conditioners in my home that make it comfortable and easier for me to breathe. I am fortunate and I thank God for that.
For right now I’ve stopped my whining with the images of the misery, the suffering and the loss that many of my countrymen and women are suffering burned into my brain. The images I’ve seen when researching this post are extreme and heartbreaking. They have also made me realize how fortunate I am.
I think we all need a kick in the backside from time to time to realize how blessed we are. I know that I certainly do. And so I end this open thread with an image of a sunset. I started with the beauty of a sunrise so it seems appropriate to end with sunset. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that Mother Nature treats you gently. Because we have done nothing to deserve Mother Nature’s blessing any more than the unfortunate people suffering her wrath did.