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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


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


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Articles By Author - Rudi Kiefer


Kiefer: Deer one of main reasons for traffic injuries and fatalities

It's a beautiful fall day. Around 6 p.m., I'm riding the motorcycle down a quiet country road at a leisurely 35 mph ...

September 24, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Keep mindful of fires, keep extinguisher close

Single homes in Hall County often come with a built-in garage and a "bonus room" on top of it. If you're thinking about making ...

September 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Fresh filters boost gas mileage, keep air cleaner

If you've ever been stuck on a hilly North Georgia road behind a car blowing clouds of dark smoke, you may have wondered what ...

September 11, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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