Tue June 5, 2012

Drought Continues to Hurt Colorado Aspen Trees

ldandersen Creative Commons

Aspen trees in Colorado and the west have been decimated by a long and exceptionally dry drought. The southern Rockies lost more than 1.3 million trees alone between 2005 and 2010.

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Tue June 5, 2012

Splish Splat? Why Raindrops Don't Kill Mosquitoes

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 6:53 am

When a raindrop hits a mosquito, the mosquito and drop join together, and the mosquito rides the drop for about a thousandth of a second before its wings, which act like kites, pull it out of the water.
CDC Public Health Image Library

Imagine how tough life would be if raindrops weighed 3 tons apiece as they fell out of the sky at 20 mph. That's how raindrops look to a mosquito, yet a raindrop weighing 50 times more than one can hit the insect and the mosquito will survive.


Put yourself in a mosquito's shoes — or rain boots — for a moment and step outside into a downpour of seemingly gigantic raindrops.

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Mon June 4, 2012

Stuart Hole Fire: 100% Contained

Map of the Stuart Hole Fire from June 4th, 2012.
Larimer County GIS

The Stuart Hole Fire was reported on Monday, June 4th in the area of CR82E and Boxer Ranch Road north west of Livermore, CO.

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Mon June 4, 2012

Larimer County Extends Open Fire Ban; Fireworks Not Included

Grace Hood

In the wake of the Hewlett Fire, which scorched 7,685 acres, Larimer County Commissioners have decided to extend open fire restrictions into the summer. However, the restrictions will not apply to the use and sale of fireworks.

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Mon June 4, 2012
The Two-Way

This Past May Is The First Since 2005 Without A Tornado Fatality

Storm clouds pass over the devastated Greenbriar Nursing Home in Joplin, Mo. on May 25, 2011. Eleven residents of the facility died when an EF-5 tornado tore through much of the city.
Charlie Riedel AP