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‘Godzilla’ dust plume may reach Iowa, impacting health, plants and our Instagram pix

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first_imgDES MOINES — A massive thunderstorm in Africa’s Sahara Desert created an enormous dust cloud thousands of feet high and the plume that’s made a six-thousand mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean may impact Iowa this weekend.State climatologist Justin Glisan says it’s an exceptionally rare event.“They’re calling it the Godzilla plume because we haven’t seen a dust plume from West Africa stay together in the spatial scale that it is in over 50-to-60 years,” Glisan says. “It’s a unique phenomena that we’re seeing.”People who have compromised immune systems, especially those who may have COVID-19, are warned to stay indoors as much as possible for the next several days.“We should see some affect of the plume in basically air quality, more particulate in the air,” Glisan says. “People with breathing problems will see increased aerosols near the surface and that will produce breathing problems.”Depending on how the jet stream moves the dust across the country and into the Midwest, photographers in Iowa may have a golden opportunity to shoot some gorgeous pictures thanks to the plume, especially at dawn and dusk.“Because you have that particulate in the air, it acts to scatter sunlight towards the prettier colors of the spectrum, red, pink, purple,” he says, “so we should see very lovely sunrises and sunsets.”Car washes in Iowa could be busier next week, as Glisan says we may see a thicker coating of dust on our vehicles than usual, especially if they’re not in a garage.Outdoor plants, too, will get dusty, although farmers likely won’t need to be worried about their crops. “We won’t see major affects on agriculture, but, if you think about how you have dust in the atmosphere, that limits the amount of sunlight that gets to the surface and to the leaf area of corn and soybeans,” Glisan says. “It might limit photosynthesis but being a short-lived event, I don’t think it will have a major impact on things.”The skies may not appear as blue for the next several days either, he says, as the dust makes the air far above us whiter, much like when there’s a big forest fire in Canada and the smoke is carried here on the wind.last_img read more

Liverpool head home hungry for more after being crowned world champions

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first_imgHowever, the Premier League is the one they really have in their sights as they seek a first English title since 1990.– Leicester beaten –As well as the trophies in 2019, Klopp’s team have not lost a league game since their very first outing of the year, at Manchester City. They have won 25 and drawn one of their last 26 in the Premier League.There was more good news for them on Saturday as nearest rivals Leicester City lost 3-1 at Manchester City, leaving Liverpool 10 points clear at the top with a game in hand.Klopp’s squad have little time for celebrations, however, as they return to England to prepare to visit Leicester on Thursday.But while a week in Qatar might have seemed like an unwanted distraction for some in a busy schedule, Klopp was keen to point out that his team have still played the same number of games as their challengers.“If we hadn’t played here tonight we would have played at West Ham, so the same number of games, the same situation, and the difference is the climate, even if it was not as warm as probably Europeans would have expected at the moment,” said the German.“It is still something we have to adapt to. But that is the only thing that is special, so it’s all good, and we need to make sure that we come home safely, and recover in the plane already, and then prepare the Leicester game.”With several players already out, however, the downside was seeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain go off hurt in the second half against Flamengo, and the midfielder may be set for another spell on the sidelines.“When he was landing he got a kick and rolled over. It is far away from being perfect, but we will see if the ligament is only stretched, or ruptured partly,” Klopp said.“It’s a big shadow again but that’s how it is in contact sport.”Share on: WhatsApp Doha, Qatar | AFP | Liverpool have made winning trophies a habit in 2019 and Jurgen Klopp’s side return to England and to their push for the Premier League title galvanised after being crowned world champions in Qatar on Saturday.It is an honour the Anfield side had never before claimed but which is now theirs after Roberto Firmino’s extra-time goal secured a 1-0 victory over Flamengo in a hard-fought Club World Cup final in Doha.The latest piece of silverware is Liverpool’s third in little over six months, after they won the Champions League in June and began this season by winning the UEFA Supercup on penalties against Chelsea.“The year 2019 for the club has been outstanding,” said defender Virgil van Dijk.“But we shouldn’t be satisfied with it. We should keep going, keep striving for more, and keep wanting more trophies.”Van Dijk returned against Flamengo after illness kept him out of the 2-1 semi-final victory against Monterrey and that determination to be back playing summed up Liverpool’s attitude towards the competition.The Club World Cup is not held in the highest regard in Europe, coming in the middle of a busy club season.That is in contrast to South America, with Flamengo’s huge support in Doha showing just how much Saturday’s game meant to them.“It might have been different had we got beat, then maybe some people would have said we were wasting our time or whatever,” acknowledged Andy Robertson.“But for us even if we did lose it was all worthwhile because we had a chance to win a trophy that the club had never won before.”He added that “2019 has been incredible, we have won three trophies and hopefully in 2020 there is a couple more for us.”Liverpool will continue their defence of the Champions League with a last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid in February, and host local rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round on January 5.last_img read more

Rock of Ages Star To Perform At Staten Island Charity Event

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first_imgThe Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund, a Staten Island-based non-profit, announced today that Tony Award Nominee and Broadway’s Rock of Ages Star, Constantine Maroulis, will headline the Foundation’s signature event, Bikers For Bini, on August 24th at the Staten Island Mall.In addition to the celebrity performance the event will also feature rides and games for the kids, a charity motorcycle run, monster trucks rides, food, classic car show, and live music on two stages. The event will run from 11AM-6PM.“We are excited to have Constantine Maroulis perform at Staten Island’s largest charity event,” said Massimo DiDonna, President of The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund. “Last year the event drew more than 5,000 people, and this year we anticipate an even bigger turnout as we’ve added more rides, attractions, and talent such as Mr. Maroulis.”The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund is a 501c not-for-profit organization founded in honor of Carl V. Bini, a fireman tragically taken on 9/11. It is uniquely positioned to help the Staten Island community in times of need. Most recently, the organization funded The Carl V. Bini Memorial Basketball League for the second year in a row after Nike pulled out, and was named Staten Islander of the week by New York 1 News for its $35,000 renovation of the cafeteria in P.S. 37. The money used was a portion of the funds raised at last year’s Bikers for Bini event.“I’m excited to bring my Rock of Ages inspired classic rock show to Staten Island with the help of a full band and dancers from Rock N’ Roll Debauchery of NYC. I grew up in Brooklyn and have family in Staten Island. I also lost my first cousin in 9/11, he was working on the 104th floor of the South Tower, so this is a cause that definitely hits home for me,” said Constantine Maroulis. “I can’t wait to perform at this great event to help the Bini Foundation and the people of Staten Island.”Tickets to the event are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12-18. Children 12 and under are free. The Staten Island Mall is located at 2155 Richmond Avenue and gates will open at 11am and close at 6pm. Tickets are available for purchase online here, at the door the day of the event, or at any Victory State Bank location on Staten Island. You may also enter to win free event tickets by texting the word “BINI” to the number 313131 from your mobile device. Winners will be notified via text daily. For questions or more information please dial (718) 412-1851 or click here.Source:PR Weblast_img read more