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Semester So Far:
Pair of Cyclones /
Local Animals & History /
Frog Hunt In Rain Forest /
More Cyclone Coverage
|Emily emailed me
Sunday evening that she was OK after the first cyclone (what would be
called a hurricane in the northern hemisphere) passed but cautioned there
was another following a few days behind. She said Townsville (where she
is attending James Cook University this semester) got by with relatively
minor damage but her classmates from closer to Cairns reported damage
at their parent's homes from the category 5 storm.-- Ted
|The NOAA view above
was a snapshot from the following site at about 12:30am this morning (Oklahoma
time Monday March 20) with an apparently delayed look with Cyclone Larry
just onshore in Queensland and Cyclone Wati not far behind. http://www.goes.noaa.gov/sohemi/sohemiloops/shirgmscol.html
I noticed this morning that the online view is updating slowly as the
storms continue to move. So if you check this link much after March 20th
in Oklahoma the storms likely won't show at all. -- Ted
(See Wed. March 22 update below)
I went on my field
trip for linking indigenousness yesterday and it was really cool. An
aboriginal man took us around a lot of the country surrounding Townsville
and showed us aboringal rock art that was at least 4000 yrs old. He
also told us about a lot of their bush medicine and showed us a lot
of foods you can claim from the plants around here. We made real foaming
soap from the leaves of an ash tree and a little water - it was really
cool. He said you can use it in salt water to bathe and you won't come
out sticky like you normally do when you leave the ocean. He also told
us some of their mythical stories and showed us some of the burial and
I really liked the whole trip, it was definitely the best part of this
class. I had to write about 15 pages for this course already and now
I have to make a powerpoint presentation and write another 1500 words
by next week! Then I'll pretty much be all finished with this course
and I can focus on my others.
I'm excited about my birthday...we're going out to eat at an Italian
place in the city to celebrate (I miss good pasta)!
Here's a picture of Turtle Rock. Lindsay, Laura and I are standing in
the area where the aboriginal tribes in the area used to gather and
dance, and there's a cave under the rock where they cooked and buried
some of the young and old that had died. There's some really cool art
under the rock!
of the wildlife at the local Townsville Zoo.
at the Townsville Zoo.
Wati Stalled (March 22, 2006)
Wednesday March 22 noon snapshot from http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65004.shtml
shows the 2nd cyclone which had been heading directly for Emily at Townsville
has been stalled in about the same location for the past day and a half.
The first cyclone hit near Cairns, Australia (just north of Townsville).
23 (Update) Already March 24th there ...
|Cyclone Wati took
a hard left turn and is now heading away from Townsville and paralleling
the coastline. You can click the link to the left for an updated map.
-- Ted 4pm Mar. 23 Okla. time