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A Natural Wonders Bucket List

A Natural Wonders Bucket List

Most of us are familiar with the term “bucket list,” which refers to a list of things you want to do/see or both before you die. This past month, I was able to cross off two things on my bucket list; a horse and carriage ride in Central Park and seeing snow on the ocean beach. While these things aren’t too extravagant, they really meant something to me, and got me wondering what other things might be on my list.

But instead of thinking about what places I might want to visit, I started thinking about weather and nature. What weather events would I love to see? Right now a decent snowstorm would be nice, but I have experienced that in my life, so what other things should be on my “natural wonders bucket list?”

I decided to ask a few people around the Farmers’ Almanac office what they’d like to see before they um … “kick the bucket.”

Here is what they came up with:

Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney — Many of us have always wanted to go to this silly yet fun weather-related event and experience for ourselves what Groundhog Day is like in the most famous groundhog city. (We may be planning a road trip next year.)

Tornadoes — Our designer has voiced his desire to go on a tornado chase many times (in fact I have to remember if he ever retires what a wonderful gift that might be). Tornadoes are one of the most powerful forces of nature. Seeing one from a safe, yet close distance would be an awe-inspiring experience.

Dust Storm — I’ve always lived on the East Coast, so witnessing a real live dust storm should be on my list.

Volcanic Eruption — After viewing that molten hot lava on TV and on videos in school, imagine actually watching that at a safe, but in-person distance.

Aurora Borealis  (Northern Lights) — How eerily fantastic would it be to see such beautiful colors in a night sky, in person, perhaps in Alaska or Norway?!

What would you add to our growing list of must-see natural wonders?

 

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