Saturday, April 23, 2011

Winds on a Flooding Lake Champlain

Today the wind is blowing like crazy along Lake Champlain. I love living near the lake, I can go down and watch a sunset behind some mountains; I can go down fishing or swimming without having to get in the car and drive somewhere. I don't live on the lake but I live damn close to it.

Anyway, Lake Champlain is quite high. In the 6 years I've lived here I've never seen it as high as it is right now. We get big waves on the lake from time to time but when it's this high it's quite cool to see. I saw that the road that leads to my house was closed due to waves washing debris up onto the road. There were branches, barrels, large plastic objects that I had no idea what they were, and enough sticks to build a hut laying on the side of the road. They had a plow truck literally plowing all this stuff off of the road and onto the side, then they had what looked like other people scooping up the debris into another truck. So I decided to get some videos and a few pictures of the really high lake, big waves, and the clouds. Enjoy.

Turn down volume before playing. The wind is loud.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day

To read my article about Earth Day, go to my astronomy blog post about Earth Day and it's history -

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Japan's Killer Quake

If you don't have PBS NOVA or haven't caught the video about Japan's Killer Quake check it out, you will be glad you did. I plan on watching it again sometime in the near future. Lot's of interesting information and footage of the quake and tsunami. There's one major plus to current technology of cell phones and cameras being compact enough to have with you at all times. It really brings you to the heart of any situation and lets you see from the viewers perspective instead of just hearing about it like we did before all of this technology.

Watch the full episode. See more NOVA.

It is a great video showing the earthquake and the tsunami and the damage it did. It's really amazing how destructive a tsunami can be. My heart goes out to those in Japan who had to suffer through all of this and that are still suffering due to the damage.

Not only the damage the earthquake and tsunami caused but also the continuing damage being caused by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Isn't it about time that everyone take this into consideration for finding a better source of power? Is it really worth it to take this risk? It's made me especially worried due to Vermont Yankee power plant which has renewed it's contract, and isn't the most stable. Recently they have found minute traces of radioactive material here in New York and Vermont due to Fukushima. If we are getting minute traces due to Japan imagine one happening pretty much in your own backyard. Sure it's a great source of energy when they work good, but when it starts to go it spells TROUBLE!