Pat Shingleton: "The Storm and Beavers..."
Our weekend intentions are extended to the folks in Texas. This weekend in 2011 found New York City with a never experienced since 1871 and Hurricane Hazel. On this date, 1988, Tropical Storm Gustav was heading to Cuba. As noted, August is one of the worst months for storms in Louisiana. Also on this date in 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall 20 miles southwest of Morgan City. Until recently, it ranked number four in the most intense land falling hurricanes, based upon its central pressure. The “Labor Day” Hurricane of 1935 ranks number one. On August 17, 1969, Camille, ranked two, skirted Plaquemines Parish before its center of circulation made landfall in Bay of St. Louis. Before Katrina, Camille was considered to be the comparative storm or “benchmark” against which all Gulf Coast storms were measured. In closing, the second largest rodent in the world is the beaver. The engineering of their dams, canal and personal lodges not only protect them from predators but provide still pools for floating food and building materials. When startled, beavers are also able to initiate an alarm on those quiet pools by energetically smacking the water with their broad tail; forwarding a message to others. Stockpiled sticks provide a food source and an insulation of snow prevents water from freezing around their homes. Examples of beaver complications include the Lawrence, Massachusetts, Conservation Commission's report that additional flooding was caused when residents removed a local beaver dam. The water release overwhelmed a smaller beaver dam, exiting onto local roads. The Eagle-Tribune reports that the undisturbed dam would have minimized two road washouts.