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Earth Sense: Historic rains have battered Southeastern US for 2 weeks

The past two weeks brought some truly unprecedented rain events to the Southeast.

October 11, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Use space heaters with caution

From now on, it often gets chilly enough to require some heat in the house.

October 04, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Get prepared for cold, wet winter

Based on the typical weather in North Georgia, we'll experience about a month of dry and mostly sunny weather this fall. After that comes the much wetter winter, bringing mostly rain and possibly frozen precipitation.

September 27, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Beware of roads flooding during hurricane season

Summer is over, yet hurricane season is not. But 2015 has been in stark contrast to the stormy summer and fall of 10 years ago.

September 19, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Weather changes cause reactions

Fall starts a little over a week from now, bringing frequent weather changes. Most of us react to these changes in some way or another.

September 13, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


EARTH SENSE: Barometers can alert to weather changes

The needle on my barometer was slowly turning counterclockwise as Tropical Storm Erika approached the U.S. Southeast. It indicated that the air pressure was dropping while the center of the storm was getting closer.

September 05, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Waterfalls display beauty and are always changing

Waterfalls are a spectacular show of natural beauty.

August 30, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Don’t get a shock, or worse, from faulty wiring in home

Time and time again we see it in poorly written movies: The bad guy kills someone by throwing a plugged-in radio into the bathtub.

August 23, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Plutons embedded by erosion

"Strange formation!" I heard a tourist say, standing at an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

August 16, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: San Andreas Fault keeps Calif. cities in harm’s way

Between Coalinga and San Lucas, Calif., I'm driving on State Road 198 through a landscape of steep hills and widespread rangeland. Dusty slopes illustrate the epic drought that has been troubling southern California.

August 08, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: North Georgia marked by geological history

North Georgia offers some of the most interesting geological history in the Eastern United States.

August 01, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Beware of danger from Georgia’s flash floods

It doesn't take a hurricane to produce flash floods in North Georgia. Summer thunderstorms at the beginning of this month prompted warnings in counties reaching from Dekalb to Habersham, and over into Elbert and many other places.

July 26, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Venture outside of Paris when traveling to France

For a first-time visit to Europe, the standard trip to Paris, Rome, London or Berlin is a fine start. There are fascinating other places, though, that you don't even see in many travel guides.

July 18, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Thames flows in rare way

If your travels lead you to London, there are interesting things to observe besides the museums, shops and the slightly scary London Eye Ferris wheel.

July 11, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Know your hurricane facts as season begins

Some questions come up frequently in conversations about hurricanes:

July 04, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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Earth Sense: Wind produces wildly high tides in Chile

Even though the name sounds like chilly weather, the west coast of Chile was anything but cold last week. While the U.S. Southeast was ...

February 07, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Home weather station options are available

Inexpensive indoor weather stations showing temperature, air pressure and humidity are nice. But I like to know exactly what's going on right outside, too ...

January 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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