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BREAKING NEWS

Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 28, 2008

It is comforting to know there is a genuine care and concern from Americans living in the rest of the country regarding the plight of Iowans due to the extreme weather and catastrophic conditions from the recent onslaught of tornadoes and flooding.

Many folks in the local area of late have similar heartwarming stories of telephone calls and emails from family, acquaintances and business contacts living in the other 49 states who have taken the time to find out how we are faring in the aftermath of debilitating destruction.

While we in north central Iowa can breathe a huge sigh of relief because the tornadoes and flooding have not directly impaired our lives, it is definitely a warm and fuzzy feeling to be on the receiving end of numerous calls and e-mails from those who are interested about us and the rest of Iowa.

We have learned to take cues from nature as survival techniques. Animal behavior, cloud formation, wind direction or lack thereof, speak volumes of what lies in store weatherwise.

We know to tune in to area broadcasts for the most up-to-date weather conditions. And most importantly, we know what to do when the watch becomes a warning.

Is global warming to blame for the dramatic change in weather patterns?

No one knows for sure.

But what we do know is staying calm and immediately seeking shelter is the best and smartest way to survive any kind of threatening atmospheric disturbance.