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Rare Snowstorm Hits the Middle East

Rare Snowstorm Hits the Middle East | Als Return to Education |
Unusual cold and precipitation affected Jerusalem and surrounding areas
Al Picozzi's insight:

Just looking at this picture is amazing.  Seems everybody is getting some snow this season.  The Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock are both covered in snow. A strange storm in the Middle East that also dumped some snow in Cario and Alexandria in Egypt.  It even put a stop to the fighting in Syrian at Aleppo for aong with the snow the tempertures in these are are right around warming anyone???!!!  Going to be an interesting year!

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Mexican army searches for bodies in flood and landslide-hit La Pintada

Mexican army searches for bodies in flood and landslide-hit La Pintada | Als Return to Education |
Sixty-eight people missing in village devastated by storms Manuel and Ingrid as government says 200 could be dead
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Seems that the US is not the only place at this time to have disasters from large amounts of rainfall.  The people of this area describe a rainfall that was very similar to the description of the people of the Denver/Bolder area in Colorado.  What makes it worse in this area is the remote area of some of the villages.  Whereas the damage in Colorado was in the cities and the main road, more outliying areas in Mexico were hit hard.  The Mexican Army is trying its best to reach these areas.  On the similar side Acapulco was also hit hard and suffered major flooding from Hurricane Irene and another storm that hit soon after.  Much like Bolder and other Colorado cities it suffered major fllod damages and much like Route 34 in Colorado the highway connecting Acapulco to the rest of Mexico was wiped out.  To underscore this the people are upset with the response of the Mexican government.  With accusations ranging from corruption to downright neglect the people believe the government is at part to blame.  The article states they are going to move the town pictured over to a safer location...I wonder what that move is going to look like....

Meagan Harpin's curator insight, September 28, 2013 2:59 PM

La Pintada was the area of the greatest tragedy in the wake of the two storms Maunel and Ingrid. There rainfall was very similar to that of the of the areas hit hardest in Colorado. We often forget that the US is not the only place that can experience weather and devestation like this. 

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Typhoon Haiyan Before & After

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View interactive before and after images showing the devastation Typhoon Haiyan has caused in Tacloban City, Philippines.

Via Seth Dixon
Al Picozzi's insight:

The devestation is just incredible and almost unbelievable.  It really shows just how we are at the mercy of nature no matter how we try to change our environment.  The technology is also incredible.  Not 10 years ago what we see now instantly would have taken alot longer.  This can also help the international rescue effort in going to where they are needed the most.  Having this information is priceless.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 2014 7:01 PM

A great set of photos to show the great destructive force of a storm on coastlines. The Philippines are a bunch of small islands made up of primarily coastlines so this typhoon destroyed huge amounts of the country.

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, December 8, 2014 1:16 PM

We know that natural disasters cause a lot of damage and personal loss but we don't really ever know how much damage is caused until we see it.  Even when we do see it if we don't know what it looked like before it really doesn't mean anything to us.  Using these before and after maps you can really understand how much destruction happened when the typhoon hit the Philippines.  You can see the loss of property, infrastructure and natural resources that were once there.  The loss of not only peoples homes, but entire neighborhoods wiped right off the map.  The remnants of roads can be seen but that is all they are, remnants.  The ability to see the before as well as the after really strikes a toll and makes people realize that this is serious and not just another storm for the people that live here.

Chris Costa's curator insight, November 9, 2015 2:51 PM

Such powerful imagery. I was tinkering around with the pictures and moving the scroller from right to left, keeping my eye on a particular house that stood before the typhoon. To keep scrolling to the left and to watch that image of the house completely disappear was absolutely surreal. It made the news of the devastation wrought by the storm seem so much more real; here I was, sitting in class and watching a home- a place where a family once lived, where lives had been and were continuing to be forged- completely disappear from the face of the map, never to return. I have lived in the same home for 15 years, and I could never imagine watching my home disappear in such a manner. The psychological impact of this devastation on such a massive scale is unimaginable, something that must be endured in order to truly understand- and, unfortunately for the people living in these areas, they now understand it all too well. The financial recovery from this storm will eventually come- perhaps not as fast as hoped, but it will, as always- but the recovery in human costs will take much longer. For those affected, many will believe that there can never be a recovery. Watching that home disappear in the blink of an eye makes me feel that they are probably right.