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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School, Johnston, RI- January 15th

41° 49' 47" N
71° 30' 07" W
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Welcome back to our regular Friday school visits Earthlings! We hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and are happy to be back in the routine again. 

Our first visit of the new year brings us to Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School in Johnston, Rhode Island! This is our second visit ever to the school! We last visited Ferri Middle on April 10th while the students were learning about Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Our blog post for that visit includes a link to a special online typewriter that converts writing into hieroglyphs! You will have to check it out here

Today's visit comes just a few days after Dr. Hayes-Bohanan and Dr. Domingo visited the WBZ1030 AM radio station on Monday January 11th for their Geography education discussion with Dan Rae on his nightly talk show, NightSide. They had a nice discussion about why geography education is so important and what kind of jobs you can end up with if you study geography at the college level. Geography is such an important area to study, we use it everyday and we usually do not even realize it. The link to the podcast for their showcase on NightSide can be found here: NightSide - Where In The World Did Geography Class Go?

aspects of geography

In other news, there's a hurricane brewing in the Atlantic! While January is known for it's blizzards and nor'easters, a different weather event is forming and threatening the Azores off of the coast of Portugal. Hurricane Alex developed on Wednesday and is the first Atlantic Hurricane to form during the month of January since Hurricane Alice formed in January of 1955. The Atlantic Hurricane season officially runs from June 1st through November 30th but that doesn't stop hurricanes from forming outside of their typical season. Hurricane Alex is expected to impact the Azores Friday morning with at least 85mph winds and will drop up to 7 inches of rain in some spots. Flash floods and mudslides could result from the storm. Alex is not expected to threaten the United States or other parts of Europe but will most likely track towards Greenland. 

National Hurricane Center

Today is also the 97th anniversary of Boston's Great Molasses Flood. It sounds humorous, but it was actually a very serious tragedy that took place in the North End. To learn more, read the story from Mass Moments and then see the geography lessons about the flood that BSU education students developed, based on the book Dark Tide.

We hope that the students of Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School enjoy their visit with EarthView and we hope to be back again soon! 

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