The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Do you know that God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
-Job 37:15

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Destructive forces of nature and a few other mentionables...

Opening my yahoo mail this morning, I was struck with this horribly unbelievable headline. "MYANMAR CYCLONE DEATH TOLL SOARS PAST 22,000"

YANGON, Myanmar - The cyclone death toll soared above 22,000 on Tuesday and more than 41,000 others were missing as the international community prepared to rush in aid after the country's deadliest storm on record, state radio reported. Up to 1 million people may be homeless after Cyclone Nargis.
~source Associated Press
It's incomprehensible. They have a potential death toll of 63,000 people from the equivalent of a category 3 storm. Granted, one of our most devastating hurricanes, Hurricane Katrina came ashore as a category 3 hurricane. With hurricanes, it is a matter of where landfall occurs. Generally, Hurricane Katrina turned out better than it could have, had the bulk of the storm surge impacted New Orleans, rather than further east, as it did, there was a potential for an outrageous number of deaths. I won't dwell on what-ifs though. It was horribly tragic as it happened, just as now, Cyclone Nargis has caused horrific devastation in Myanmar. Awful.

Back in the US, we have YET ANOTHER slight risk for severe weather incorporating much of the central US. Yes, folks, another day of potential tornadoes. Yesterday (even though the storm reports graphic is not working properly), there was a tornado reported in NM, and there were about 100 hail reports with some of those being 4 1/4" hail, which is HUGE! For local updates and chase reports, checl out the following blogs and websites.

Steve Miller, TX
David Drummond
Steve Miller, OK
Chris Collura
Tony Laubach

I am jealous of their ability to be out there, but I know their wallets are hurting from the gas expense. Since I have no weather to chase, I will share with you some of the things I have chased over the last couple of days.My morning greeting walking into work yesterday morning.Yesterday's sunset, totally unaltered, just reduced for your viewing pleasure. Proof that God exists and wants us to experience beauty. An excurion bf and I took off the side of the road in a place called Paynes Prairie State Park in Florida. It was quite scneic and full of critters. I love life's little detours.Sun dog Sunday... I love sun dogs.

Have a lovely day, and all you chasers out there, STAY SAFE!


  1. Great pics Dew. I love the sunset photo. That Hurricane really is devastating. The military government there didn't even give the people warning it was coming. What a brutal place. We are so lucky and blessed to live where we do.


  2. Thanks, Mikey. Awful, huh? I can't even imagine what life would be like in a place like that? How unhumane! We are exceptionally blessed being here.

  3. I agree with SCM about that sorry government. This storm, as I understand it made a beeline right for the shore and was relatively easy to see coming. The military junta there did nothing to warn or help those poor people get to safety. I know there are things I don't understand about the situation, but they do deserve the criticism.

    I am increasingly concerned about the possibility of tornadoes in the South on Thursday afternoon.

    Great photos, Dew!

  4. It is horrible, Mike. Those poor people. It's unthinkable... cruel. God bless America.

    I know. I guess we'll see what Thursday holds. Be vigilant. I know you will be. ;O)

    I appreciate it. They were terrificly fun to shoot.

  5. Your photos are beautiful. I am amazed by your photo skills. Very nice.

  6. Thanks, Michele, but I must say, I feel the same way about your photography skills. Great eye!


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