Did you know the five most common trees in the United States are the red maple, loblolly pine, sweetgum, douglas-fir and quaking aspen? National Arbor Day – which falls on April 25, 2014 – is the perfect time to plant them! Founded over 135 years ago, Arbor Day is dedicated to planting and celebrating trees across the United States. Trees add beauty and value to our landscapes, and provide many environmental benefits. They help clean the air by absorbing pollutants, provide oxygen that we breathe, absorb rain water and snowmelt, prevent erosion and more!
Several states celebrate their state Arbor Days on April 25, too. Check out the list.
You can celebrate National Arbor Day in more ways than one!
- Learn about trees in your area and take a hike with friends and family to see how many you can identify. - Volunteer with a local tree-planting organization to plant trees in your community. - Plant a tree at home. After choosing one from the many different species of trees that can grow where you live, consider the location of the tree before planting it. Add deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves in the fall) on the south, east and west sides of your home to provide shade during the summer, reducing cooling costs. Plant evergreen trees along the north and west sides of your home to block chilly winds.
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 on 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.