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Earth Sense: Turbulence shakes you up but nothing to fear

The 2000 movie "Cast Away" has a spectacular scene where the freight aircraft gets into massive turbulence over the Pacific Ocean. Scary bouncing is followed by a crash into the ocean, which leaves the main character (Tom Hanks) stranded on an uninhabited island.

February 28, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Ice plays vital role in Arctic waters

Dancing on ice is an art we admire at skating events. Much less common is dancing on Arctic ice - that is, the frozen layer covering the Arctic Sea and the North Pole.

February 21, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Take care to protect the pollinators

Soon we can look forward to a fresh crop of North Georgia grown peaches, apples, and local honey. To produce these goods, nature provides a tremendous amount of help in the form of pollinators. Those are mostly insects like bees, butterflies and beetles, but some mammals like bats are also involved.

February 14, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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 bracing for severe conditions from winter storm Kayla, the South American country was experiencing spectacular events.

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. My ancient atomic clock displays outside temperature, but its electronics are getting shaky.

January 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unexpected Hurricane Alex makes quick appearance, exit

Even experienced meteorologists were surprised when Hurricane Alex formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 14. Unusually warm waters helped produce the storm.

January 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: El Niño doesn’t affect Peru shortages much

El Niño is here. Named a long time ago by Peruvian fishermen, the phenomenon represents unusually warm waters in the Pacific Ocean.

January 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Siberia a bracing destination in winter

Many people like a quick winter break in Florida's warm weather. Others want something more bracing. The hardiest people take a winter tour through Siberia.

January 10, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Prepare for cold during warm stretch

If you were dreaming of a warm Christmas this season instead of a white one, you got your wish. The week surrounding Dec. 25 was one of the warmest on record in North Georgia.

January 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Use compass in your house hunting

Plans made over the holidays often involve finding a new home. Real estate agents are surprised when I bring a compass along while house hunting.

December 26, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Better ways to dispose of leaves than burning

Today is the last day of fall. In many households, this means there is also a last batch of tree leaves and pine straw to remove from grass and various other areas.

December 19, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Beware of landslides after heavy rains

Oso, Wash., is a quiet farm community of about 180 people, located 60 miles northeast of Seattle. Pretty green valleys alternate with mountain slopes that are covered with pine, fir and cedar trees.

December 12, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Protect outdoor plumbing from cold nights

Early-morning frost is here. If you haven't done anything yet to protect your outdoor plumbing, it's probably time to do so.

December 06, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Garden provides students a learning experience

In this age of supermarkets, many young people don't see the connection between topsoil and food.

November 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Not all fires in the woods are bad

Fall colors are still plentiful.

November 22, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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Earth Sense: Take care of car now, then go electric

Modern electric cars have changed from fairly unattractive designs to very nice automobiles.

June 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Now’s the time to check your air conditioner

Summer starts officially Monday afternoon. As always, we'll have hot days ahead, but it won't be like the heat wave that southeastern Asia ...

June 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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