We usually think of wildfires as horrifying events, but actually, they're part of a normal cycle of nature that helps to keep our forests healthy. The trouble starts when people who are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban living settle near a forested area. Often the desire to escape to a beautiful place trumps the knowledge that you're moving to an area prone to wildfire. But you can enjoy the view and take reasonable precautions to keep your family and yourself safe. Here are some tips to protect your family and property from wildfires.
Sure, we'll all have a good laugh about this 2012 nonsense come January 2013, but first we’ll have to get through the doom and gloom from pseudoscientists, would-be prophets and even well-meaning relatives who are just a little too happy with the “forward” button in their e-mail. Here’s the inside scoop on what is -- or isn’t -- going down in 2012.
Every night on the news, the weatherperson reports the UV index. What is the UV index and how is it calculated?