After paying your heating bills this winter, you may want to think about planting windbreaks - for landscaping that saves energy dollars.
Winter winds are strong and cold, so when they blow on people or on buildings they pull the heat right out of them. That's the essence of the wind chill factor we hear about on the weather reports each night.
We all know that sun through the southern windows warms us in winter, but we don't always remember that blocking the wind can save energy
too. The statistics of how much can be saved are noteworthy.
A well placed windbreak can reduce wind velocity by 85%, and reduce winter heating costs by 10% to 25%.
Windbreaks work either by deflecting the wind up and over a building thereby forming a protective wind shadow, or by catching it in the twigs and branches of a double or triple row of trees which breaks up its speed.
Tests done on the western prairies showed that a good windbreak gives best wind shadow protection downwind (where the wind blows to) for a distance 3 to 5 times the height of the trees. It also blocks the wind a short distance upwind (where the wind blows from).
Despite no longer being a tropical storm, Bonnie will induce daily showers and thunderstorms across the Carolinas into the middle of the week.
Potent thunderstorms will target part of the Plains during a time when many will be outdoors celebrating Memorial Day.
After a mild and dry Memorial Day, warmth will build across the northwestern United States.
Extremely heavy rain fell over the weekend in southwestern Germany, leading to dangerous and deadly flash flooding.
New Yorkers will crowd city streets on Monday night in hopes of catching a view of Manhattanhenge, the stunning sunset that occurs four times a year.
Thunderstorms and soaking rain will threaten Memorial Day ceremonies, cookouts and vacations for millions on Monday.
Mississippi/ Ohio Valleys (1989)
Thunderstorms produced severe weather from the Upper Mississippi Valley to the Upper Ohio Valley. A F-4 tornado injured three people and caused a million dollars damage at New Providence IA.
Thunderstorms developing along a warm front spawned fourteen tornadoes in northeastern Texas during the last afternoon and night. Thunderstorms produced baseball size hail near Marshall, wind gusts to 77 mph at Commerce and up to five inches of rain in many locations.
Daytona Beach, FL (1997)
140 people rescued from rip currents. A man died trying to save his wife.