Monthly Archives: June 2006

Tornado Memories Of Duck And Cover

The list of “historic” tornadoes is long . This summer marks the 25th anniversary of a 1981 tornado that struck the Twin Cities metro area. The F3 tornado touched down with no advance alert, with winds as high as 160… Continue reading

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Human Outreach: Canned Peas, Blankets and Blogs

In an article in the Washington Post, Shankar Vedantam  writes of a sociological study of isolation. The number of friends who people feel they can turn to with problems has declined from 3 to 2. In the article, Lynn… Continue reading

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San Diego volunteers CERT-ified to handle fire threats

Spurred on by my friend Charles Riggs’s disaster preparedness blog, I decided to see what I might find in the Internet community in San Diego  to educate me about our local fire threats . 2003 was as nasty a year … Continue reading


Summer Cyclones on the Move

It’s twister season in the Heartland. May through August, tornado threats come with summer storms as they move across the plains. “Weather Permitting”  is an exhibit at the Minnesota Historical Society that includes a “Get to the Basement!” experience…. Continue reading

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Some tips to protect your home from fire

In a posting three days ago, Steve Greenwood, Curator at the Wells Fargo History Exhibit in Portland, recounted the major damage done by a huge forest fire a century ago. Today, in Part 2, Steve offers tips on protecting… Continue reading

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Big One Imminent, Science Proclaims

Yes, our worst fears are confirmed—Earth’s innate instability continues . According to the journal Nature , the lower portion of the San Andreas Fault  (the Southern California strip) hasn’t produced a real good, pressure releasin’ quake for centuries. The buildup of… Continue reading

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Oral history projects give voice to Katrina, Rita survivors

Oral history projects  have become an important resource for producing history and for accessing history. The Library of Congress , for instance, has dozens that are dedicated to African Americans, veterans and suffragettes —the list is extensive. Memories of ordinary people… Continue reading


Washington State’s Largest Wildfire: The Yacolt Burn of 1902

Today’s fire raging near Sedona, Arizona,  reminds us that such challenges are difficult to face. No matter how prepared you are, fires burning out of control can destroy even the best defenses. They are, after all, WILD fires. Steve… Continue reading


Heavy flooding in Houston

Less than a week after I wrote on floods in Southeast Texas in 1913, the region is getting pounded by huge rains. A Flood Watch is in effect for the Houston area, more rain is forecast, and the Red… Continue reading


Hurricane Season: Sum of its Parts

Pretty nice day in the Southeast so far . Maybe a little rain, but summer is taking hold. National Hurricane Center  declares there are “no tropical cyclones at this time.” But on the same page, of course, their “Top News”  predicts… Continue reading

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