"Is a manatee ugly? Pretty is as pretty does, the saying goes, and a manatee does what it does very well. Its big, dense bones make it buoyancy neutral in the water; evolution didn’t consider that those bones would make it more likely to die from serious boat strikes. That flat, wrinkled face is as sensitive and muscular as a human tongue, perfectly adapted to allow a manatee to feed on aquatic grasses. Those strange hairs all over its face? They’re vibrissae, like the ones cats and dogs have, connected to sensors that relay the slightest tactile impulse to the brain. Cats and dogs have about 50 vibrissae on their faces; a manatee has 600. It’s not the manatee’s fault that it evolved in an environment with abundant food and no predators, so that it became unwary and vulnerable, so that its survival depends on our regard for it, our willingness to share this crowded planet."
A bout of locally heavy rain and gusty winds will impact northern and western areas of the United Kingdom late Sunday into Monday as Gert passes through, threatening flooding and travel delays.
The same storm responsible for severe weather in the central United States into Thursday will swing into the Northeast on Friday.
Two of three budding tropical systems in the Atlantic will approach the Caribbean, Central America and the United States in the coming days.
As sea levels around the world continue to rise, countries continue to explore new and innovative techniques to protect infrastructure and coastal communities.
A storm system will continue its trek eastward and raise the risk of severe thunderstorms in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Thursday afternoon and evening.
The legacy of 1992’s Hurricane Andrew, the most recent Category 5 storm to devastate the United States, serves as a stark reminder of nature’s capability to destroy and forever change lives.
The biggest celestial event of 2017 will take place on Monday, Aug. 21, but you may miss it if you do not know precisely when to look.
Downpours will raise the risk of localized flooding across the southeastern United States prior to a push of drier air over the weekend.