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Gene Amplification's 10 most unusual environmental occurrences (UEOs) of 2008. New Addition 2008!

Gene Amplification's 10 most unusual environmental occurrences (UEOs) of 2008. New Addition 2008!


Gene Amplification International(GAI) has selected its 10 most unusual environmental occurrences (UEOs) of 2008 for posting on its website. Part of GAI's daily activities is to track UEOs around the world and follow their environmental impact. GAI keeps track of how these UEOs affect people and their daily lives. Unfortunately, there were many such environmental events in 2008. GAI has selected 10 of them to mention here. These UEOs may or may not be due to climate change. However, one has to admit that they were unusual, and many were first time occurrences based on recorded history. These UEOs had a significant and noteworthy impact on the environment this year. GAI reflects back on these UEOs, this last day of 2008 (12/31/2008): RANKED BASED ON DATES: (1) January 7, 2008-location (Iran)- It snowed in the desert for the first time. According to media sources, it snowed in two villages of Karimabad and Hashemabad which are usually covered by dunes. The elderly of the villages reported they had never seen or heard about snow in these areas. (2) January 28, 2008-February 5, 2008-location (China)- Chinese winter storms. It was reported to be China's worst winter weather in half a century. (3) January 30, 2008- location (Iraq-Baghdad). Snow fell in Baghdad for the first time in living memory. (4) February 18, 2008- location (Greece). Snow in Athens, an unusual occurrence in Greece. Snow covered the Acropolis. (5) March 14, 2008- location- (United States- Atlanta, Georgia). Tornado hits "downtown" Atlanta. One media source says it was the first to strike downtown Atlanta since record-keeping began in the late 1800s. It was given an EF-2 rating on the Enhanced Fujita scale. This means that it packed top winds of 130 miles per hour. (6) June 8, 2008- July 1, 2008 - location (United States- Iowa) . The Iowa flood of 2008. "In eastern Iowa along the Iowa river and cedar river, flooding exceeded that of the Flood of 1993." (7) August 18, 2008- Hurricane Ike- Location ( made landfall Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, United States (Galveston). In some ways it was a repeat of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. Hurricane Ike had the highest IKE (Integrated Kinetic Energy) of any Atlantic storm in history. It had more storm surge destructive potential than Hurricane Katrina or Wilma from the 2005 hurricane season. (8) August 19-21, 2008- Hurricane Fay-location (United States-Florida). As it zigzagged across the state it became the first storm in recorded history to make landfall in Florida "four" times. (9) August 15, 2008 - September, 2008. location- (Haiti) - The 2008 hurricanes Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike strike Haiti. The unusual occurrence of four major tropical storms hitting Haiti, back-to-back in the same hurricane season in such a short span of time and be so destructive. One media source said "four storms in three weeks have left over 550 dead and as many as one million homeless." (10) September 3, 2008- location- (Canada-Ellesmere Island). An ice sheet the size of Manhattan broke away from Ellesmere Island in Canada (northern Artic). Some scientists think this is another significant indication of the effects of climate change and how warmer temperatures are changing the polar artic regions. **GAI has a database containing detailed information on the 10 usual environmental events mentioned here. Contact GAI at if you want more information.**