Warning siren maintenance was performed Monday the 20th - it spins easier with the new bearing. Just in time for the spring severe weather that is sure to visit us. New backup batteries will be installed next week. Time to replace the battery(ies) in your weather radio, update the weather app(s) on your smart phone. Remember none of the broadcast TV or radio weather advisories work if you don't have electricity. And please, please don't grab a six-pack and your lawn chair to watch the excitement.
Photo by Dave
And another reminder, Cass County Sheriff's Dispatch Center tests all the warning sirens in the county on the first Saturday of every month some time between 9:00 and 11:30 am - unless the weather is threatening.
Very little change in abnormally dry land - but it's in the wrong direction. The moderate drought is stubbornly staying as is. Time to consider growing cactus or raising rattlesnakes in those areas. As always, click on the map for the rest of the US.
Data is from the US Naval Observatory.
Feb 22nd, 1630 - Quadequine introduced popcorn to English colonists at their first Thanksgiving dinner.
1855 - The U.S. Congress voted to appropriate $200,000 for continuance of the work on the Washington Monument. The next morning the resolution was tabled and it would be 21 years before the Congress would vote on funds again.
Click above for the National Park Service history
Feb 23rd, 1836 - In San Antonio, TX, the siege of the Alamo began.
Click on the photo for the Alamo web site.
1954 - The first mass vaccination of children against polio began in Pittsburgh, PA.
Click on the logo for the rest of the story.
"Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next." - Jonas Salk
Feb 24th, 1989 - Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for his novel "The Satanic Verses". A bounty of one to three-million-dollars was also put on Rushdie's head.
"One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable." - Salman Rushdie
Feb 25th, 1919 - The state of Oregon became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.
Feb 26th, 2009 - The Pentagon reversed its 18-year policy of not allowing media to cover returning war dead. The reversal allowsd some media coverage with family approval.
"It takes 15,000 casualties to train a major general." - General Ferdinand Foch
Feb 27th, 1922 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.
"Men and women are like right and left hands; it doesn't make sense not to use both." - Jeannette Rankin
Feb 28th, 2013 - Benedict XVI resigned as pope. He was the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415 and the first to resign voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294.
Click HERE for the BBC account of why he resigned
"Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church." - Pope Benedict XVI
"The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it's difficult to determine whether or not they are genuine." - Abraham Lincoln
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