The Weather Essay

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When I think of my environment, I think mainly of the weather and its effect on our lives. Weather can be one of the most destructive elements in the world. It has killed and damaged many lives. It can literally turn the world up side down with a shaking of the earth, blowing of the wind, twist of the air, or a spewing of molten rock and ash. But, weather can also be peaceful. When she wants to, mother nature can lavish on to us the gift of shining sun, cool breeze, and gentle ocean waves.Last Christmas, I visited my in-laws. There, I experienced my first ice storm. It was beautiful. Each individual blade of grass, tree twig, leaf, and other surface was surrounded by a quarter inch of ice. The trees looked like they were made of glass. Thousands of tiny blades of grass sparked in the sunlight. But, the beauty was accompanied by tremendous inconvenience for a large number of people. Because of the new weight, trees limbs bowed and scraped the ground. Many tree limbs broke, sometimes falling on top of the houses or power lines. Damaged power lines resulted in power outages for many neighborhoods. Some people were deprived of heat for several days during consistently freezing temperatures. Homeless shelters opened their doors to those who were forced to temporarily leave their homes until their power and heat was restored. The news media warned against the dangers of using propane heaters indoors. Many schools and businesses closed for the two days of the storm. People were reluctant to travel to grocery stores, and they stocked up with extra groceries when they did make a trip. I was confined to the house with my in-laws.We try to feel that we have some control over the weather with our modern technologies, but incidents such as the Tsunami of December 26, 2004 can prove otherwise. This tsunami turned the world upside down with its vicious attack. It directly impacted millions of lives, and it indirectly impacted billions of others. My life is among the billions that was indirectly impacted. I heard about it from friends and at church, saw its impact revealed by satellite photos on the internet, and even watched videos from people who were at the forefront of its horrible attack. The event has stirred people's hearts more than any other natural disaster in my time. This stirring is a part of my environment.I have traveled to Missouri twice, in order to visit my husband's family. While there, I explored several houses. And, all of them had basements. My husband tells stories of times when he and his family spent hours confined to the basement, listening to news about a tornado warning. He remembers one day from his childhood when he was playing with some friends in a vacant lot two blocks from his home. The smell of ozone and the sudden darkness were clear warnings that a storm was approaching. On the horizon was a massive dark cloud. It was as if a huge, dark wall were surrounding his neighborhood. In the middle of the wall, he saw another cloud...

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