IT'S RAINING ROCKS AND STONES
What would you do if you hear a very big bang right now. . .BOOOOOOOM!!. So loud that the shock wave that follows smashes all your windows and all the glass cups in your Kitchen cabinet. And your phone network trips off, as the foundation of your house begins to shake. . .probably you'd run outside or under your bed.(haha)
well, in February 2013 this is what the people in Chelyabinsk experienced.a meteorite streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia, causing a lot of damage and injuring about 1200 people;who left their homes that morning all dressed up and ready for Work and School.
World Meteorological day aims to highlight the great effort made by meteorological and hydrological services in improving our safety on this spherical land mass we call home. The evening news on TV is incomplete without some dude pointing to maps; telling you about light showers, cloudy evenings, and 30 degrees Celsius.
Ever since NASA's launch of the first Weather satelite--TIROS1--on 1st April 1960, Meteorology had grown a big deal. We can see the rain before it comes, and the sun before it burns. We've been able to look into the eye of Hurricanes, and plan for Cyclones, Wild winds and calm storms. Thanks to this great feild of Science and the global alliance at the World Meteorological Organization(WMO).
Although it had not been without set backs,the Secretary General of the WMO; Michel Jarraud admits that, ''the growing impact of Weather extremes cannot be ignored. Over the last 30years, natural disasters took the lives of over 2 million people and produced economic losses estimated at over 1.5trillion US Dollars''. So despite the progress, we still need to step up our game.
Especially as regards NEOs(Near Earth Objects; asteroids,meteors,comets,meteorites,etc.) although this might not be totally under meteorological and hydrological services, but we need to pay close attention to this issue. We have'nt really developed a reliable system to track these NEOs, and the recent case in Russia had thrown more light on this issue--NOBODY SAW IT COMING--What if it fell in a market? Do you think people would have survived? I guess not. . .for now the best we can do is pray; and next time you want to cross the road, look left, look right and look up. A big stone might just be falling.
#Wikina Ebenezar--6 paragraphs for UN[World Meteorological Day 2013].