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November 15, 2010


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Mysti Berry

Brilliant observation that when weather segues into 'an act of God,' different rules apply :)

Mary Anna Evans

Good point, Mysti. If Bulwer-Lytton had lived in the Gulf South, he might have said, "It was a dark and stormy night, and 200-mile-an-hour gales were snapping venerable pine trees like toothpicks...."


Bruce H. Johnson

You can also toss in other ecological/climate events such as earthquakes (California), dust storms (Kansas?) and the lot.

What some areas accept as "usual" is frequently way outside other people's comfort zones. A Midwesterner in Southern California might go bonkers over the "Oh, probably just a 3.0 or so" tremor.

Mary Anna Evans

Exactly. Unpredictable disasters like earthquakes and volcanoes (for example, Mount Rainier's gonna wipe out Seattle one day...) scare me a lot more than hurricanes that take their leisurely time to get here from the Canary Islands. And we've got our satellite eyes in the sky watching them for the entire trip. A big earthquake can take out a city while everyone's blithely eating their breakfast cereal.

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