Saturday, August 25, 2018

Hurricane Harvey: Student Sustainability Video Festival 78

Yesterday, I examined how hurricanes form.  Today, I look at a specific hurricane, Hurricane Harvey, through two videos one of my students found this semester.  First, Hawk hides from Hurricane Harvey in taxi, refuses to leave from International Business Times UK.

A Houston taxi driver made an unusual friend during Hurricane Harvey. William Bruso returned to his taxi after getting food to find a hawk sitting on the passenger seat. Dubbed Harvey, the Coopers hawk refused to leave his shelter. Bruso made sure the bird wasn't injured and tried to release him but Harvey seemed unwilling to brave the storm on his own. Eventually, Bruso agreed to let the hawk stay until the hurricane has passed.
I have never seen a raptor so tame that wasn't under the care of a falconer.  When I said that, my study group leader suggested that Harvey might have been a falconer's bird that escaped.  I can believe that.

The student showed a more serious video next, When the roads turned to rivers: Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey from the Washington Post.

"People are more resilient than you think," says a Houston resident. Watch this Washington Post original documentary on how Southeast Texas is dealing with the devastation Harvey left behind.
The student could only show the first three minutes of this video because of time requirements, but the entire video shows why The Washington Post earned a News & Documentary Emmy nomination for Outstanding Breaking News Coverage for its coverage of the 2017 Hurricane Season.  My student had very good taste in video selection!

I promised to blog more about Hurricane Harvey in the comments to 2018 on track to be fourth-warmest ever.  Consider this entry a down payment.

Stay tuned for episode 79 tomorrow, which will be a clip from Adam Ruins Everything, although not the one from the episode that won an award from the Environmental Media Association for Television Episodic Comedy.  I might get around to that in the future.

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