Tribute to Earth with Haiku Poems


EARTH DAY serves to remind us just how incredible and unique our home planet is. From her atmosphere to her rivers, Earth has everything we need to survive.

If we want to make sure future generations can thrive in Earth’s beauty, we must actively protect natural resources, care for other species and always choose to invest in learning more. Frankly, Earth doesn’t need us, but we need Earth, so let’s show her our love (and not just on Earth Day)!

Below: My expressions through 10 Earth haiku poems and photos of places that have left me in awe

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Earth, I love you so

Mountains, rivers, trees and sky

A beauty beyond



Red rock above all

A copper desert sunset

Coyotes will howl



She lives in balance

In conserving momentum,

mass and energy



Vast lands were once lush

Now troubled and in danger

World to protect



Ocean meeting sky

Warm wind gentle and freeing

Breathing sea breeze air



Pillows in the sky

Bringing water to the ground

Freely floating past



Twisted at their base

through their webs of rooted life

Trees, swaying yet firm



Mountains that humble

Even the strong and mighty

A strength to reflect



Water carved canyons

Waves crashing, thunder roaring

Forces of nature

A place we call home

Free for us to be living

Uniting us all


Truly, Tashiana 



Chilly Winter Weekend


A couple days ago I talked about this chilly Minnesota weekend (12/6-12/8) on our university station with one of our anchors, Elizabeth! In St. Cloud, we were down to -10° at 11pm last night. That’s 21° lower than the normal low temperature for December 6th!! According to the Chanhassen National Weather Service office, we’ll get down to a -15° low overnight and we will likely get 1 to 3 inches of total snow accumulation Sunday.


Keep in mind those windchill values could get as low as -23° tonight and tomorrow, but as low as -29° is expected for Monday. This is how cold it will feel on bare skin for people and pets. Exposed skin can freeze within 30 minutes with windchill lower than -22°, so BUNDLING UP is advised if you must go outside, otherwise stay warm and dry inside to reduce your exposure and chance for frostbite and hypothermia, which can very quickly become life-threatening. Just don’t forget to keep pets sheltered, too!

Forecast updates (type zip code in left panel)
More information on windchill


Calor y Humedad en los Estados Unidos

Hoy (18 Jueves 2013), el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional ha emitido una alerta sobre las condiciones extremas en el norte y este de los Estados Unidos.  Los estados que verán afectados serán los de North Dakota hasta Massachusetts.  Este aviso de calor es en efecto porque las temperaturas en estas regiones están extremamente altas.

Hace mucho calor en varios estados de los Estados Unidos, especialmente en el nordeste, con temperaturas de sobre 30 grados centígrados

No solo está el calor,  pero también la humedad.  La combinación puede tener un efecto negativo en la salud de los residentes de estas áreas.  Se recomienda que las personas que están trabajando fuera en el sol tomen descansos frecuentes. En Nueva York, la temperatura de 36 grados centígrados, pero, el promedio ha sido solamente 29.  Boston tiene una temperatura de 34 grados centígrados, ocho grados más que el promedio.