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Hurricane Isaac: Angel or Devil?

Aug 31, 2012

There’s a lot to hate about Hurricane Isaac. The storm flooded homes, nearly ruined the Republican Convention, is responsible for at least two deaths and $2 billion in damages.

And yet, according to this Weather Channel report, the storm is about to deliver a lifesaving rainfall to much of the Midwest. As meteorologists note, even where crops have been harvested, the rains will raise water tables, bringing a net positive to the area.

Gentle rains across the Midwest aren’t a guarantee, either. Some farmers are concerned that any strong winds associated with Isaac could knock down corn stalks and also cause muddy, compaction-prone fields just in time for harvest.

This Labor Day weekend, be take a minute to be thankful and humbled if Isaac was a benefactor. For those flooded out or otherwise damaged by the storm, you’re in our thoughts.

ua isaac research studentsjpg 326b87f2ed7d82e8 University of Alabama students test wind speeds from Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans. (AP photo)

University of Alabama students test wind speeds from Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans. (AP photo)

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