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  • The 500-million-year-old reason behind the unique scent of rain

    04/07/2020 8:30:02 AM PDT · by rightwingcrazy · 45 replies
    New Atlas ^ | April 06, 2020 | Rich Haridy
    New research from an international team of scientists is suggesting that instantly recognizable earthy smell after rain is released by bacteria trying to attract a particular arthropod as a way to spread its spores. The smell is a 500-million-year-old example of chemical communication, evolved to help a particular type of bacteria spread. Scientists have long been fascinated by the unique odor that appears when it rains. The scent is particularly prominent when the first rains of a season hit dry soil. Two Australian researchers named the odor petrichor, after an influential study in the 1960s suggested a particular oil is...
  • After Weeks of Devastating Bush fires, A mighty downpour in Australia

    01/26/2020 3:00:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 01/26/2020 | David Robertson
    It is a propensity of human nature to be much more interested in the bad news than the good. Hence news media seemed to almost delight in the shock of Australia 'burning'. There were many phenomenal pictures, hysterical headlines and apocalyptic analyses.In recent days, though, there has been some welcome good news and yet, to a large extent, this is buried away in mid-page columns, if reported at all. I guess 'Australia being blessed by rain', is not as dramatic as 'Australia burning in hell'. Many fires are still ongoing but there have been some remarkable stories and pictures of...
  • Record rain, darkness: Seattle braces for floods, mudslides

    12/21/2019 5:54:38 PM PST · by devane617 · 58 replies
    mypanhandle ^ | 12/21/2019
    SEATTLE (AP) — Record rainfall and darkness has hit Seattle as a major storm begins to lift across western Washington on the first day of winter, though the region is still at risk for flooding, mudslides and avalanches.
  • Texas drowning under 1 of wettest storms in U.S. history(recorded)

    09/20/2019 10:05:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies ^ | 9/20/2019 | staff
    Record-breaking rainfall from the tropical storm Imelda is soaking southeastern Texas. Some areas have been swamped with 20 to 42 inches (51 to 107 centimeters) of rain over just three days, causing catastrophic flooding that is among the worst in U.S. history. Imelda, the first named storm to strike this part of Texas since 2017's devastating Hurricane Harvey, is currently the fifth-wettest tropical storm to drench the contiguous U.S., The Weather Channel tweeted today (Sept. 19). Storms that drop this much rain are estimated to appear once in a millennium, according to precipitation models created by the National Oceanic and...
  • Vanity: My garden is dying from all this rain; weeds are of course thriving. What's going on?

    06/16/2019 11:44:52 AM PDT · by dayglored · 95 replies
    My Poor Bedraggled, Dying Garden ^ | Jun 16, 2019 | (self)
    I live in rural Upstate NY, in a field in the woods on a hill in the Finger Lakes. Mrs. Dayglored and I have a large garden (flowers and ornamentals, not produce) that in most years is gorgeous this time of year with blossoms all over. (Lots of weeds to remove too, of course.) This year, all the #&!@* RAIN that started early and continues through today has wreaked havoc on it! The ground is saturated and there are puddles that never go away. A dozen little evergreens we planted last year are drowning and dying. Many flowers that are...
  • California braces for feet of snow from storms; 'significant severe weather event' to impact Plains

    05/16/2019 9:38:29 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | Fox News | Travis Fedschun |
    Parts of California still resemble a scene out of winter, with a series of storms bringing several feet of snow to mountain areas, ahead of a "significant" severe weather threat across the nation's midsection. The National Weather Service said that a series of Pacific storms are bringing heavy rain, mountain snow, and gusty winds across the West. A winter storm warning was issued Wednesday night that will run through Friday morning for the southern Sierra Nevada. The first storm, headed in from the Gulf of Alaska, is expected to bring up to an inch of rain in some areas of...
  • This Tax Day, Demand Postal Accountability

    04/08/2019 3:37:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | April 8, 2019 | Ross Marchant
    With Tax Day quickly approaching, taxpayers can find a long and growing list of how Uncle Sam is spending/wasting their hard-earned money. The United States Postal Service (USPS) claims to not be on that list, despite a recent watchdog report showing that the agency reaps more than $3.6 billion each year in indirect taxpayer subsidies.And every year, the organization that describes itself as using “zero tax dollars” accumulates larger losses. The USPS most recently reported a $1.5 billion net loss for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, driven by declining mail revenues and soaring delivery costs. According to a recent...
  • Santa Anita cancels racing indefinitely after 21 horse deaths in 10 weeks (too much rain?)

    03/06/2019 4:03:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    See BS News ^ | 3/06/19
    Arcadia, Calif. -- Santa Anita has canceled racing indefinitely to re-examine its dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two-and-a-half months. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, told The Associated Press Tuesday that racing won't be held this weekend, when two major races were scheduled: the San Felipe for 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls and the Santa Anita Handicap for older horses. Ritvo wouldn't speculate on when training and racing would resume. After this weekend, races were to be run again starting March 14 at the storied racetrack slated to...
  • New Jersey residents face possible 'rain tax'.

    02/06/2019 12:56:24 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 21 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2.6.2019 | Brooke Singman
    New Jersey residents could soon be hit with what Republicans are calling a "rain tax," if Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signs newly passed legislation. The bill, approved by the New Jersey Assembly and the Senate, would allow municipalities to create utilities that can collect fees from homeowners and business owners that have large paved surfaces, like driveways and parking lots. During storms, rainwater mixes with pollutants on those surfaces before running into sewers and drains. The funding from the fees could be used for upgrades to reduce the impact on the environment.
  • Trump’s rain decision casts dark clouds over his Paris trip

    11/11/2018 12:44:55 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 141 replies
    Pollutico ^ | 11/11/2018 08:24 AM EST | NANCY COOK
    PARIS — President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his visit to an American military cemetery outside of Paris threatened to overshadow his trip here, as government officials, historians and fellow Republicans hammered him for more than 24 hours for that move. “President@realDonaldTrump a no-show because of raindrops? Those veterans the president didn’t bother to honor fought in the rain, in the mud, in the snow — & many died in trenches for the cause of freedom. Rain didn’t stop them & it shouldn’t have stopped an American president,” wrote former Secretary of State John Kerry, a veteran of the Vietnam...
  • Trump takes heat over scrapped trip to cemetery in France

    11/10/2018 8:19:06 PM PST · by Simon Green · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/10/18 | Elizabeth Zwirz
    The White House and President Trump took some heat on Saturday after it was announced that he would not make a previously scheduled visit to a cemetery in France for Americans killed in World War I due to inclement weather. Trump arrived in France on Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, along with first lady Melania Trump. They'd planned to visit Ainse-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France. The president was expected to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence. The first couple was supposed to travel to the site via helicopter,...
  • Lightning puts prep football schedule in a state of flux (Stops Torrey Pines Game Coached by Cousin)

    10/13/2018 5:50:04 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | October 12, 2018 | John Maffei
    Rain and lightning were the order of the evening across most of the county Friday. At Torrey Pines, it was Mother Nature that won the Avocado League game between No. 6-ranked San Marcos and No. 1 Torrey Pines. With lightning all around, the officials waited to halftime to delay the game. Fans were asked to move to the gym for safety. But a 30-minute delay turned into a postponement when bolts of lightning lit up the western horizon, getting uncomfortably close to the stadium as the thunder rang down. Torrey Pines officials were trying to determine if the game would...
  • Hawaii Braces for More Rain as Hurricane Olivia Barrels Toward Island

    09/08/2018 2:28:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    “Although it is too early to pinpoint any details with regard to specifics related to potential impacts to the islands, forecast confidence is increasing each day as the guidance remains in very good agreement,” the National Weather Service in Honolulu said. Olivia would be the second tropical system to hit the Hawaiian Islands this year. Hurricane Lane dropped more than 50 inches of rain across the Big Island last month. The storm was the second-wettest tropical system to affect the United States and the wettest tropical system on record in Hawaii, surpassing Hurricane Hiki in 1950. Some rain from Olivia...
  • A(nother) Rainy Day

    08/25/2018 5:32:09 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 8-25-18 | MOTUS
    This is sort of how I feel today:And since I’m not really blind, I’m taking the day off to read a good book. A hammock would be nice… but for all the rain, which would recommend that I take my book inside.Have a good day regardless of the amount of global warming, liquid or otherwise, coming your way.Posted from: MOTUS A.D.
  • Good Morning, Sunshine

    08/20/2018 4:38:40 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 8-20-18 | MOTUS
    Sometimes it rains,sometimes it shines.Sometimes it looks like rain but you’re still surrounded by sun.All that talk about Van Gogh yesterday had me dreaming of sunflowers fields all night. May your day be surrounded by sunshine, regardless of the weather.Posted from: MOTUS A.D.
  • Israel Accused of Causing Iran's Drought [semi-satire]

    07/09/2018 11:33:01 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 July 2018 | John Semmens
    Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization, blamed Israel for his country's drought. "If you look at satellite photos you can see that all mountainous areas between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean are covered in snow, except for Iran," he said. "The only logical explanation for such an anomaly is a Zionist conspiracy to attack my country." The General speculated that "it could be some sort of giant fan that is blowing precipitation-bearing clouds away from Iran or an infrared ray that evaporates the snow that should be there. Either way, it's an act of aggression that...
  • Rain Forecast Complicates Rescue of Thai Soccer Team

    07/03/2018 9:26:53 PM PDT · by cba123 · 36 replies
    VOA News ^ | July 03, 2018 9:40 PM
    Rescuers in Thailand are racing against time to get a youth soccer team out of the partially flooded cave where they have been trapped for more than a week as forecasters predict heavy rains in the coming days. (please see full article at the link)
  • Ice storm update: Get ready for heavy rain, maybe even a thunderstorm or two

    04/15/2018 6:01:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 50 replies
    Buffalo News ^ | 4/14/18 | T.J. Pignataro, Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich, Karen Robinson
    Pray your power stays on and get ready for some heavy rain, maybe even a thunderstorm or two. That's the second chapter of Ice Storm 2018 as it circles through the Buffalo Niagara region this weekend. As the frontal boundary that brought the ice and sleet to Western New York over the last 18 hours or so treks northward today, the mixed precipitation and freezing rain will change over to all rain, the National Weather Service said. It could be heavy at times.
  • Q Anon: (3/16/18) Continued from Tuesday's thread. FRiendly Freeper Collaboration

    03/16/2018 7:38:19 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2,049 replies ^ | 3/16/2018 | FReepers, vanity
    This is a shout out to all the Anons who have worked so hard for months on the Q boards to bake Q's drops for us. THANQ, Anons!. The Q team doesn't like it when they receive praise, but hey, they don't have time to read websites (FR) and besides, they can't stop me! THANQ, Q!!!! It just needed to be said. This thread is a friendly collaborative place for FReepers to analyze information and share opinons. FReepers have a wide variety of reasons for investigating Q Anon content; this is not the appropriate place to criticize or badger...
  • Southern California braces for heavy rainstorm Monday, threatening burn areas with runoff

    01/07/2018 5:54:27 PM PST · by Signalman · 25 replies
    Reading eagle ^ | 1/7/2017 | Brittany Mejia
    Southern California is bracing for the first significant rainstorm to hit the region in nearly a year, beginning Monday and with the heaviest rain expected in some burn areas, forecasters said. Almost four inches of rain is expected in eastern Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County over 12 hours from Monday evening through Tuesday morning, forecasters said. The Thomas fire, which was centered in these two counties, burned more than 281,000 acres in that area last month, making it the largest fire on record in California. “Unfortunately it’s centered almost exactly where the Thomas fire was,” said Kathy Hoxsie,...