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(Undated) — The Sahara dust plume is making its way across the Atlantic ocean to the U.S. The dust plume from the Sahara desert will arrive in the Southeastern parts of the country mid-week. Experts say dust plumes aren’t uncommon, but most of the time they dissipate over the Atlantic and don’t make their way to the states.Fortunately the dusk cloud prevents the formation of hurricanes. In a tweet, the National Weather Service (NWS) Houston/Galveston TX said dusty weather could be possible as a result of the cloud, which would be moving into the state’s southeast on Tuesday. “If this dust reaches the area we should expect some red skies at sunrise and sunset for a few days and probably drier weather as well,” it said.A large plume of dust has moved off the west coast of Africa during the last few days. As this dry and dusty Saharan air layer moves across the tropical Atlantic toward the Caribbean it will help suppress the development of tropical systems. pic.twitter.com/fCoTw2xvl0— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) June 18, 2020 People may notice a difference in the appearance of the sky, more intense allergies, and less hurricane watch areas along the coast. The cloud of dust is the result of atmospheric conditions in the Sahara at this time of year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Saharan Air Layer is a mass of extremely dry dusty air that forms over the desert between late spring and early fall. It normally forms a layer in the atmosphere that is around two miles thick and sits around one mile above the surface. It can cover an area about the size of the lower 48 states and at peak periods, the layer can reach as far as the U.S. southeast coast.
By John BurtonArea towns hit by Super Storm Sandy and still working to return to normal are going to get a little extra federal help.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) this week announced it is increasing the amount it will approve for reimbursement to communities for what they have spent on recovery costs from the October storm from 75 percent to 90 percent.The mayors of towns that will be getting the funds are appreciative of the extra help.“We’re very pleased,’ said Susan Howard, mayor of Monmouth Beach, one of the shore communities still working to rebuild. “It’s going to make it easier to proceed with the recovery now that our contribution will be 10 percent.”At the request of Gov. Chris Christie, President Barack Obama this week authorized the increase in the federal cost sharing, according to Maria Pardon, a FEMA spokesperson.Under federal disaster aid guidelines, when needs meet or exceed a set amount per resident – currently set at $133 per person – the president has the authority to increase the reimbursement to the 90 percent threshold, Pardon said.The money, earmarked for state and local government and some private not-for-profits, is to offset the cost of emergency expenses, debris removal and infrastructure repairs. The remaining 10 percent will become the responsibility of the state, county and local or private entities, according to FEMA.“It’ll be happily received by all the towns, especially Highlands,” said Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan, as his town along the Bayshore was one of those significantly damaged by the storm.Recovery work has been done on a “pay as you go” plan, with local governments then submitting the bills to the federal government, Nolan saidHighlands Borough Council initially bonded $2.5 million for immediate cleanup.“We’ve only done our most urgent items” so far in Monmouth Beach, as the town evaluates the costs and ways to pay for it, Howard said.With the additional reimbursement, “it’s going to allow us to go forward with our recovery plans with confidence of what the fiscal impact is,” Howard said.“We’ve been hoping all along that this event would go to a 90/10 reimbursement,” Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said. Because its ratable base had been so dramatically impacted by storm damage, Sea Bright has been prioritizing its rebuilding project, “and in some cases pushing them off altogether,” as the town has tried to watch its pennies, Long said. “We’ve been looking at doing things year-by-year, instead of trying to get it all fixed at once.”With the extra reimbursement funds, a town working on a $1 million project will pay a $100,000 share of costs instead of $250,000. “That’s huge,” Long said, for a town where a penny on the tax rate equates to $44,700. The additional money could be applied to another necessary project.“It’s an issue of keeping property taxes under control,” Howard said.Highlands is looking at $10 million to $15 million worth of infrastructure repairs, with a tax base that has decreased by approximately 20 percent from storm damage.Nolan said his financial people have said the town is looking at taking about 10 years to fully recover.Sea Bright so far has identified about $10 million in infrastructure repair projects. “We’re still tabulating,” and the price tag is likely to go up, as officials look at its sewer system and seawall repairs and other projects being evaluated, Long said.So far FEMA has approved more than $556 million in Public Assistance grants for rebuilding communities, according to FEMA-provided information.
The Nelson Leafs had better realize, and quick, the bullet the team just dodged in the Murdoch Division semi final series against the Spokane Braves.The Leafs needed six games to dispose of the American-based squad, thanks to two ugly losses at home when the players failed to show up at the arena.However, there is no room for error when the Beaver Valley Nitehawks open the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Divisional Final Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Hawks swept through the defending KIJHL champion Castlegar Rebels like a sharp chainsaw through a cut of cedar, needing only four games to advance down the playoff trail.And the Hawks would like nothing better than to continue its playoff roll against the Leafs.“We’ve got to be ready when the puck drops,” Leaf coach Frank Maida said Thursday.“We have to come out focused on playing our game for 60 minutes and not looking at anything other than playing period by period,” Maida added.Not much to choose from between Leafs and HawksThe long anticipated Murdoch Final between Nelson and Beaver Valley has been in the works since September when the teams opened training camp.Nelson threw down the challenge after being eliminated the past three seasons by Beaver Valley when Leaf coach Frank Maida stole snipers Jamie Vlanich and Travis Wellman from the Castlegar Rebels during the offseason.The Hawks countered with the likes of Ryan Edwards and Dallas Calvin returning to Beaver Valley to take their own run at a berth in the Cyclone Taylor Cup, which just happens to be hosted in Nelson April 10-13.Nelson (81 points) won the Murdoch Division title by a single point over Beaver Valley (80 points) as the teams traded places atop the standings and the teams splitting the season series 4-4.Ironically, after Nelson edged the Hawks 2-1 in overtime in the season finale, the teams are tied in goals at 27-27.Also, each team won in the other’s rink. Vlanich status still doubtful to start seriesWhile the Hawks are rolling on all cylinders — out scoring Castlegar 24-10 — the Leafs are struggling to put a healthy team on the ice.The KIJHL’s leading scorer, Leaf center Jamie Vlanich, has yet to play in the playoffs after suffering an upper body injury February 14 against Grand Forks.Leaf coach Frank Maida said Nelson’s leading scorer is listed as “day-to-day”, but will play at some time in the series.Adam Hodge, Troy Petrick and Quinn Kimchuk, all missing some time during the Spokane series, have been cleared to play against the Hawks.Leafs thin in goal after Maida, Rebagliati suffer injuriesThe same can’t be said in the Leaf goal as both Brad Rebagliati and Adam Maida are on the shelf when the puck drops Friday.Rebagliati has also been out of the lineup since playoffs started, and has been tabbed with the “day-to-day” status by the head coach and GM.Maida, however, it’s a different story as the Nelson Minor Hockey grad contemplates surgery to deal with an injured knee.That leaves rookie Jason Mailhoit between the pipes when the team open the series.Mailhoit, powering Nelson to the series-clinching win Tuesday in Spokane, played all season for the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget Hockey League.Mailhoit’s back up is still not been determined as Leafs await a BC Hockey decision on the status of the team’s goaltending situation.Rebels goalie Patrick Zubick was Mailhoit’s back up in the final game against the Braves.Murdoch series scheduleGame one of the series goes Friday in Nelson with Game two back at the NDCC Arena Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m.The series shifts to Fruitvale Monday and Tuesday for Games three and four. Game time at the Hawks nest is 7 p.m.If necessary, the teams are back in Nelson Thursday for Game five.Game six is in Fruitvale at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14 with the all-important, Game seven set for Saturday, March 15, at the NDCC Arena.