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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


Earth Sense: Take care of car batteries during winter temperatures

As the dark hours of the day keep growing, the car battery becomes increasingly important, because it needs to start a cold engine in the morning.

November 14, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Rudi Kiefer's Earth Sense: Climatic change brings plenty of smog

The term "global warming" is slowly fading as it becomes clearer that "climatic change" is more accurate.

November 08, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Rudi Kiefer's Earth Sense: El Niño is on the way

As Christmas season draws closer, meteorologists announce that El Niño, the other "Christmas boy," is strengthening in the Pacific.

November 01, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Use limited groundwater supply with care

"Do they use river water or groundwater for irrigation?" a student in my continuous education class asked last week.

October 24, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Nitrogen is a plentiful fertilizer

Members of Brenau University's garden club were receiving instruction from Master Gardener intern Andrew Linker last week.

October 17, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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


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Articles By Author - Rudi Kiefer


Earth Sense: Protect children, pets from hot car dangers

Installing an aftermarket digital thermometer in my old Chevy van provided a lot of insight recently. This $15 instrument displays inside and outside temperature, as ...

July 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Overland floods dangerous in Chinese region

Parts of Anhui Province in China resemble South Georgia. Two-hundred and fifty miles west of Shanghai, the Yangtze River cuts through a flat landscape of ...

July 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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