Atmospheric conditions often influence the course of history.
No doubt, Hall County is beautiful.
This month's Hall County Green Alliance meeting included discussion about items retrieved during cleanup events at Lake Lanier.
"What's becoming of the world? When will it all end?" Words of my late grandmother came to mind after the Oct. 14 quake off the coast of Nicaragua and El Salvador.
We know the zones where the Earth's crust is thin and allows for devastating volcanic eruptions. But there seems to be no solution to the peril affecting many millions of people who live in the shadow of active volcanoes.
Watching a thunderstorm build up is interesting, provided you do it from a safe distance.
The word "resources" comes up frequently in discussions about the environment. Among those, the importance of topsoil is often overlooked.
The fall equinox is occurring Monday at 10:29 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Just 15 miles northeast of Atlanta, a round granite formation stands 800 feet tall. Stone Mountain generates a lot of questions, but also misconceptions.
Pop quiz: Most popular beverage in Germany? If you guessed "beer", you got it wrong. Germans drink more coffee than beer.
The capital of Mexico is a place of contrasts.
Superstorm Sandy, which covered the East Coast with floodwaters from Florida to Maine in 2012, is still a household name. But memories of Sandy were overshadowed by the torrential rains that hit Baltimore, Long Island and Connecticut on Aug. 12.
The word "fire" strikes fear in homeowners. Rightfully so: Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 7, 1,513 people in the U.S. died in house fires, including 57 Georgia residents (www.usfa.fema.gov).
Colors change with the light. This was an issue recently when a friend was having a vintage Porsche repainted, and the shade of ivory just didn't look right.
There's a killer that probably takes more lives than warfare. In 2003, an estimated 50,000 people died during a devastating heat wave that affected most of Europe. Even in the U.S., where air conditioning is available on a much larger scale, the hot summer of 1980 resulted in 1,250 casualties, according to the National Weather Service (nws.noaa.gov).
Besides the holidays we're enjoying this week, there's another important milestone. The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (www.chattahoochee.org) celebrates its 20th anniversary.
You're doing your Christmas shopping. Traffic is heavy. On the main streets, two or more lanes are completely filled with cars. Slow forward movement in your lane ensures a stop at every traffic light.
Most North Georgia homeowners have had this unpleasant experience. You step into the garage or some other room with outside walls after a cold night, and are greeted by a waterfall coming out of the drywall. After turning off the water supply at the meter and using every available towel to mop up the lake that has formed, there are two immediate goals: Fix the damage, and do something that will prevent this from happening again.
"This place is awfully cold. I hope it's not like this all the time."
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