Monthly Archives: May 2011

Joplin Tornado Assistance Provided by Texas Forest Service

You wouldn’t normally associate the Texas Forest Service with tornado disaster assistance, but the scope of the forest service is far wider than we might assume. It isn’t all about forests and wildfires. This time, it’s about logistics and management. … Continue reading

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Bird of Paradise in Bloom

I bought this Bird of Paradise plant at Lowe’s early this spring and planted it in a great big pot out on the deck. I guess it’s happy here because it produced this beautiful bloom yesterday. It’s quite striking, isn’t … Continue reading

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A Baby Blue Jay Blown From His Nest

This little Blue Jay was evidently blown out of his nest by the high winds yesterday. I was surprised to find him when I went outside to put a second coat of paint on a fence section I had propped … Continue reading

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List and Map of EF-5 Tornadoes in the U.S. Since 1950

According to NOAA, there have been 56 recorded F5/EF-5 tornadoes in the U.S. since 1950. It seems Texas has the dubious distinction of having the first recorded EF-5, (an F-5 at that time) on May 11, 1950 in Waco. The … Continue reading

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Texas Wildfires Map: Activity Starting Up Again

After a brief lull, we have some new fires and other fires that just won’t go away. It’s gotten very, very hot. Yes, I’m going to use that “h” word again, “historic, ” record-breaking highs for this time of year. … Continue reading

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2011 Tornadoes: Month-by-Month Maps

Here are United States maps which show tornado activity month-by-month, beginning with February of 2011. May’s map is still in the making. We’ve experienced more than a year’s-worth of twisters just this spring. All maps courtesy of NOAA. As you … Continue reading

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Joplin Tornado Imagery: A View From Space. Maps of U.S. and Missouri

Here’s a link to satellite imagery of the damage done by the tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, last Sunday. If you are the least bit familiar with the city, these images will make sense to you. You’ll need to zoom … Continue reading

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