As most of the nation knows by now, Oklahoma had its largest earthquake ever shake us out of bed last night. ABC World News Sunday evening made a point in noting our weather related number ones for the state for just this past year. They include:
Largest Hail Stone
Highest wind speed
Add a couple of crippling tornados and there’s Oklahoma weather. No wonder the National Weather Service is located in Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma hosts one of the best meteorological programs in the world. The University of Oklahoma also has the College of Earth and Energy, which includes the Oklahoma Geological Survey and School of Geology.
Lots of brainpower in these STEM fields concentrated right here where I live. In arguably one of the worst states for weather extremes, for those who have even a slight interest in weather-related sciences, this is the place to be. The Geology School is nothing to sneeze at either. Who associates earthquakes with Oklahoma? The geologists do.
My kids’ Cub Scout den took an excursion looking for geological specimens, like fossils, petrified wood, examples of prehistoric Oklahoma. The leader for this educational afternoon was a professor in the geology department who volunteered his time each spring for the fourth and fifth graders. This guy exuded his love for geology and the boys found it infectious.
The morning included an overview of geological formations and how the earth is constructed. That afternoon we toured several different ‘hot spots’ in south central Oklahoma and the boys collected their prized fossils, dumping them in the back of my Tahoe. About midway through the afternoon and noting their enthusiasm was stronger at each stop, I made a comment to our geology leader.
“Can you believe that anyone could get this excited over rocks?”
He looked at me with disbelief and then I remembered his vocation. Oops.
So while the rocks of Oklahoma and for that matter the geological formations that tend to quake on us once in awhile, hold little interest for me, it’s good to know that there are those STEMs who do get a buzz out of those studies. Intuition is a great thing. Learn to listen to it and follow it. We need to know more about these earthquake things. Get excited.
I don’t care to wake up to the sound of earth moving by itself again.