American naturalist and writer John Muir once wrote, “This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” When I read this one thought immediately came to mind. What the heck is gloaming? It’s twilight or dusk. Anyway, Mr. Muir was referring to the weather, which is incredibly wild and diverse around the world. Here are some weather happenings along with some other nature news from around the planet.
The hot spot on Mother Earth this week was Death Valley, California, which drove the thermometer up to very comfortable 115 degrees . The coolest spot was the South Pole in Antarctica, which came in at a chilly 100 below. In earthquake news, an 8.4 magnitude quake struck just off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a 4.9 magnitude quake hit Indonesia’s densely populated East Java and earth movements were felt in Tawian, the Columbia-Ecuador border and along the Southern California coast near San Diego. As “The Killer” Jerry Lee Lewis would say, “there’s a whole lot of shaking going on.”
A Little Rain Must Fall. Another round of severe monsoon floods have forced more than 3 million people from their homes in northeastern India and Bengladesh. This comes just one month after previous downpours forced more than 19 million from their homes across the same region. No, that wasn’t a misprint. The number was 19 million.
Ah, Rats. Chinese officials say their efforts to battle a rampant rodent plague in the country’s Xinjiang region by introducing natural predators have proven to be successful. More than 1,000 eagle nests were erected and 200 foxes bred in captivity were released to feed on the rats. More than 5.4 million acres of pasture have been ravaged by the rodents, causing a food shortage for livestock. The new method of rat control was introduced after poison failed to reduce the pest population and killed the rodent’s natural enemies. After this method failed, Chinese officials issued this statement. “Rats, foiled again.”
Eye Of The Tiger. Royal Bengal tigers have reappeared in an Indian forest nearly 30 years after it was believed that poaching had wiped them out. As many as 20 of the big cats were sighted. Reporters were told that the tigers may have rebounded due to poachers moving to other areas. Wildlife experts believe that India is home to half of the world’s surviving tigers. A census taken back in 2002 showed their numbers had dwindled to 3,642 from about 40,000 a century ago. Siegfried & Roy had no comment on this story but said good seats were still available for all shows this week at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
Today’s photos are from a late summer sunrise taken on the final day of August over Cowell’s Beach and the Municipal Wharf. I threw in the last shot of low tide at Steamer Lane to add a little color to the day. We had a beautiful sunset earlier in the week and there were a few clouds in the sky last night so things are looking up on the sunrise/sunset front. It was another excruciatingly painful weekend for Giant and Raiders fans but the good news is they only play once a week. So enjoy the last week of summer and don’t let the sun catch you crying.