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Pat Shingleton: "The "V" Formation and November events"

4 weeks 19 hours 59 seconds ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 November 12, 2019 9:00 AM November 12, 2019 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Luke Guarisco, called last Thursday to check the forecast, mentioning that he just got his shotgun “sighted” for duck season.  Geese fly in a "V" formation, providing the flock with 71% greater flying range than if each was on its own.  Flying out of formation causes a goose to experience resistance drag, returning to take advantage of the lifting power from the bird in front of it. When the lead goose tires, it rotates back and another goose takes over the point position. Just like Luke, geese in the rear honk to encourage those ahead to hold their speed. If a goose gets sick or wounded, two geese will leave the formation to lend help and will stay with it until death or flying again. In addition, early November weather events take us to November 10, 1975. Seventy-eight mph winds created waves that caused the 729 foot, 13,600 ton ore carrier, Edmund Fitzgerald, to break-in-half and sink in Lake Superior claiming the crew of 29. November 9, 1982 found seven tornadoes touching down in Los Angeles, three originated as waterspouts in Malibu and Long Beach. On November 10, 1998, a "land hurricane" set an all-time record for low pressure for the state of Iowa, measuring 28.54 in Estherville and Spencer. November 11, 1995 found one of the oldest trees in Talladega, Alabama toppled by high winds. The 100 foot tree was six feet in diameter and between 200 and 300 years old.

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