Earthquakes Today Make 2011 Weather Even Crazier

earthquakeJapan, Cuba, and New Zealand each had an earthquake today. Eep! Mother Nature, she was an angry, shaky biatch this morning. A magnitude 6.0 quake hit off the southeastern coast of Cuba this morning; less than an hour before that, a 6.2 earthquake thundered off Japan's east coast (no tsunami warning was issued, thank god); and seven minutes before the Japan quake, a magnitude 6.0 quake rumbled off the coast of New Zealand. So far, no injuries nor any damage has been reported.

But that's a lot of earthquakes to digest with my Honey Nut Cheerios for one morning, you know? But knowing what kind of dangerous, scary, and downright bizarre weather we've had this year, we have to expect the unexpected.

With that in mind, let's take a look at what weather our planet has endured so far in 2011, shall we? It's nutty!

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First of all, there was the post-Christmas blizzard that all about covered the Northeast in at least two feet of snow. The Blizzard of 2010 definitely set some snowfall records.Then, about a month later, Snowtorious B.I.G. slammed the East Coast from Virginia to Maine, dumping unexpected amounts of the the fluffy white stuff on unsuspecting residents. The Midwest was also hit by some pretty incredible weather when thundersnow blasted the Chicago area. Not to mention, there was a cyclone in Queensland, Australia.

The Japan earthquake happened on March 11, and that news shook the world. With over 20,000 left dead and missing, it was the worst quake to hit Japan in 100 years. A few days later, a quake rocked Ottawa, Canada.

The summer didn't bring much relief -- there was the Joplin, Missouri tornado, tornadoes in North Carolina, a brutal heat wave in the East Coast, rampant wildfires in Texas, an earthquake on the East Coast, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and the resultant flooding. Wowsers.

It's been a busy year for storm chasers, clean-up crews, and extreme-weather lovers. From beautiful storms to deadly ones, 2011 has been quite the year for our climate. I can only wonder what's in store for us this fall and winter ...

Has the weather this year touched your life in any way?


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