Spring 2011

May 19, 2011

Mt. Washington in the rain

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Locally, we have had a very cool and wet Spring – it is raining again as this is being written.
Maryland reservoir under drought conditions

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Last October, I posted this entry and described the record heat and drought conditions experienced during the 2010 summer.  The photograph accompanying the post was taken of a local reservoir and is re-produced above.  Here in Spring of 2011, many areas of the country are experiencing the results of exactly the opposite kind of weather-please see this article.

(I have written previously here, herehere, and here about post-Katrina New Orleans.  The current situation is especially unfortunate given all that has happened to the Gulf area over the past few years.  Having said that, my thoughts are with all who have experienced the catastrophic weather so far this Spring.)

Simultaneously, other areas of the country are struggling with weather reminiscent of last summer.  These extremes are wreaking havoc on those in the affected areas.

Reservoir May 2011

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Visually, the rain we have had appears to have returned the reservoir to its normal level as evidenced by this recent photograph.

It worthwhile to note the number of complaints heard about the wet weather in our area as we have had nothing compared to the states affected by the Mississippi River flooding.  As such, it is usually useful to be able to  keep things in some kind of perspective.

For instance, it will be interesting to see how we are doing come August as measured by this same reservoir.  The complaints will also no doubt take on a different flavour as well.

Take care.

Think

May 14, 2011

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Houses

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Spent a week during April at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota with a group of students on an Alternative Spring Break trip.  We were housed at the Lakota Prairie Ranch Resort and then commuted each day to Pine Ridge to participate in the rehabilitation of two houses that will ultimately be used by Native American families.

Road Construction on Route 33

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This ride generally took about forty-five minutes even though we were navigating a relatively small section of the Reservation.  This length of time was needed as our route took us through a large-scale road project currently in the earlier stages of construction.

Earth Mover Route 33 Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

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