Sometimes I feel sorry for plants because of our expectations. We want them to grow rapidly because we can't wait forever for plants to spread and "fill in." But then we wish they had the good sense to stop precisely at our desired boundary.
Vigorous plants are great or terrible, depending on your current viewpoint.
Not all tornadoes are the same. There can be very weak tornadoes which produce winds of only around 60 mph, not much stronger than one might fine in a large dust devil. The strongest tornadoes can produce winds of around 300 mph which are capable of destroying all but specially designed, tornado-proof structures.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- There are jobs at the ranch that are truly enjoyable at times. Fencing is generally not one of them.
Fencing at the ranch involves wood ticks, nasty brush, a kazillion horse flies, barbed wire, pliers and a lot of bending over.
During a recent multi-year drought, the people of the arid nation of Israel figured out a way to solve its water problems. By using the most modern desalinization techniques and by recycling urban and agricultural waste water, Israel has reduced its need for fresh water by half.
There is a growing trend for events to be canceled for impending weather and then the weather turns out fine. People are genuinely more concerned about public safety and more aware of the dangers of bad weather.
As our beloved American flag flies high this weekend and the fireworks light up the night sky, there’s a special group of people in our communities I want to honor. Without skipping a beat, they respond to a call for help. Sometimes there’s a happy ending; sometimes it’s sad. Through it all, their attentiveness is comforting and commendable.
July is to summer weather what January is to winter. It is the pinnacle. It is the hottest month of the year, on average. For the month, the average high temperature is 82.5 degrees and the average low is 59.5 degrees. (These numbers are cool compared to most places in the United States, of course.)
LAUNCESTON, Australia - With the focus on whether Greece will or won't default on its debts or even stay within the euro zone, the important news of China easing its monetary policy again has been largely sidelined.
FARGO -- Lawn grass has grown so speedily from plentiful May and June moisture, it's easy to become a redneck gardener. What's a redneck gardener? It's a homeowner who needs to mow his lawn to find where he left his wheelbarrow.
Besides mowing, June is a busy month around the yard and garden. Let's discuss timely do's and don'ts.
It takes a lot for most people to call or email a broadcast meteorologist to complain about the weather. Everybody knows we don’t actually create the stuff. Yet people do, from time to time, call with an angry tone to find out when a particular weather pattern will change.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Well, wedding week at the ranch has come and gone. The relatives rolled in, the fences got painted and the ever-changing weather forecast had mercy on the couple hundred people who stood under a big, blue beautiful sky at the ranch in front of the red barn to celebrate love.
Alaska is having a hot summer, relatively speaking. Temperatures across the 49th State have been consistently in the 70s and 80s this month across all but the North Slope and western areas adjacent to the Bering Sea.
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