Video shows ‘dust devil’ whirling in Michigan
MIO, Mich. – It’s a bird, it’s a plane -- wait, no -- it’s a dust devil! That’s right -- because 2020 just isn’t ready to stop delivering surprises, a dust devil was captured on video in Northern Michigan over the weekend. The National Weather Service in Gaylord posted video sent in by Tyra Berger in Mio, Michigan (about 30 miles east of Grayling), showing a dust devil whirling around near a McDonald’s restaurant. A dust devil is defined as: A small, rapidly rotating wind that is made visible by the dust, dirt or debris it picks up. Also called a whirlwind, it develops best on clear, dry, hot afternoons.
Restaurateur shoots fire extinguisher in face of smoking man
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (CNN) - Video captured outside the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, that shows a confrontation between a restaurant owner and a man smoking a cigarette, is going viral, KSTU reported. The video shows the restaurateur shooting chemicals from a fire extinguisher in the face of Jon Bird, the station reported. A lawyer for Bird says her client was volunteering at the Urban Arts Festival when he took a smoke break. He was where he should be, and he cleared that with security to make sure he was able to smoke there, said Rakay Michael, Birds attorney. Bird wants Alex [the man with the extinguisher] held accountable.Salt Lake City Police are investigating and interviewing witnesses.
Study: North America has lost 2.9 billion birds since 1970
David McNew/Getty Images(CNN) - Bird populations in the United States and Canada have dropped by 29% since 1970, signifying 2.9 billion birds lost in almost 50 years, according to a new study. But for the first time, the results also showed pervasive losses among common birds across all habitats, including backyard birds." Almost 90% of the birds lost came from 12 common songbird families like sparrow, blackbirds, warblers, finches and swallows. Shorebirds have also lost one-third of their population, and grassland birds lost more than 720 million, resulting in a 53% population reduction. The loss of grassland birds in North America is similar to a decline in farmland birds across Europe, according to the study.