Despite Predictions, Florida Hurricane Season Is Quiet
Last spring, meteorologists had Florida residents worried with predictions of an unusually active hurricane season in the state.
They forecast between 13 and 20 named tropical storms with up to 11 of them developing into hurricanes. However, here we are over halfway through hurricane season, and we have not seen a single storm. Experts warn, however, that we are not through, and a storm could yet strike. Hurricane season lasts until November 1, and there is plenty of time for a serious or even record-breaking storm to develop. Since meteorologists began recording hurricanes in 1851, there have been 20 incidents of inactive hurricane seasons that suddenly burst into life after September 3.…
Hurricanes in Florida: An All Too Familiar Event
High winds, torrential rains, property damage, and even death: The trademarks of a hurricane are unmistakable. Ahurricane is a tropical storm that develops over water – usually in the Caribbean or off the coast of Africa – and then moves west, picking up heat and energy.
Eventually, the warm air moves to the center, or the eye, of the storm. In order to qualify as a hurricane, a storm must have winds of at least 74 mph, though the worst hurricanes, those in Category 5, have winds over 155 mph. If you live in Florida, there is no doubt that you have experienced the effects of a hurricane in some form or another.…
Gruesome Playground Injuries
In 2011, playwright Rajiv Joseph debuted his play Gruesome Playground Injuries at the Second State Theatre in New York City. The play really has little to do with playgrounds as it traces the lifelong relationship of a couple who cannot seem to make things between them work. But the overarching theme is that often, our most gruesome injuries are the ones inflicted by those who mean the most to us.
And in that context, the title of the play points to an important fact for parents and those who care for children – playgrounds can pose significant dangers for kids.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 200,000 children age 14 and younger visit the emergency room each year for playground injuries.…
Cancer Cases on the Rise 12 Years after the Attacks of 9/11
For many people, the tragedy of 9/11 is as fresh today as it was more than a decade ago. There are those who lost loved ones in the Twin Towers, Flight 93, and the Pentagon, and those who continue to mourn first responders and other heroes who gave their all to save lives. In addition, there are more than 1,000 first responders and nearby residents who survived 9/11 but who now suffer from cancer after extended exposure to toxins released as a result of the collapse of the buildings. For the last decade or so, these cancer patients have fought to have their illness and the link to 9/11 acknowledged by insurance companies and the federal government.…