Outdoor Updates: Gigantic Meteor Exploded in Earth’s Atmosphere

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Scientists just noticed a gigantic meteor exploded in the Earth’s atmosphere last December

Unbeknownst to us, while we were going about our lives last December 18, a meteor exploded in the Earth’s atmosphere with 10 times the energy of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. NASA calls the event a “fireball,” and the fireball in December was the second most powerful to enter Earth’s atmosphere in the last 30 years. The most powerful fireball was captured by numerous cell phone videos in Russia back in 2013. The most recent fireball exploded in a very remote area over the Bering Sea and, because of the location, scientists have just now noticed it. Powerful fireball events happen only a handful of times every 100 years but less-intensive events happen frequently. In 2019, there have already been five fireball events that reached earth.

Bill that would have allowed off-road vehicles in WV state parks and forests has been dismantled

At the beginning of March, a bill that would have allowed off-road vehicle use in state parks and forests in West Virginia was dismantled. The measure would have required the Department of Natural Resources to develop a comprehensive plan for public roads suitable for off-road vehicle recreation. The bill would have also created a fund for off-road vehicle recreation. Opponents of the bill worried that it would allow ATV and UTV use in sensitive wildlife areas. West Virginia Senators Beach and Hardesty offered an amendment to the bill, gutting the majority of it. The amendment passed with the only remaining directive calling for the Department of Highways to map roads on state property. The title of the bill was also changed so that it cannot include off road vehicle recreation again.

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