Friday, February 07, 2014

February 6, 2014

Friday just got easier: one of the clients who usually send their work in on Friday sent it in today.

Today I learned "frost quakes" are a thing:
Chuck Herron heard the loud thud, then another and another. It sounded like someone was dropping big snowballs on the roof of his home. As his neighbors in tiny Paris, Mo., huddled around televisions Sunday for the Super Bowl, many were startled by similar strange noises. Some even saw flashes of light and called 911.
AP Scientists say the community experienced a rare natural phenomenon known as a "frost quake," which happens when moisture in the ground suddenly freezes and expands. If conditions are just right, the soil or bedrock breaks like a brittle frozen pipe, generating mysterious noises that range from an earthquake-like rumble to sharp cracking noises sometimes mistaken for falling trees. This winter has been ripe for frost quakes, known technically as cryoseism.

 Like "haboubs," they've been around forever, but I didn't know about them. Apparently, neither did anyone in Paris, Mo. Not that I'd expect them to.


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